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Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria Carnegie, Victoria

The Dutch Australian Heritage Centre has been established to collect and display items of recognised significance relating to immigrants who arrived here from the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies, with special emphasis on migration in the post WWII period.

Please note: THESE ITEMS ARE NOT FOR SALE

Contact Information

location
60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Carnegie Victoria 3163 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9571 5382

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment - call Mr Michael Gijsberts on 0419 549 376.

Entry Fee

Free entry. Donations are welcome.

Location

60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Victoria

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The DAHC collection consists primarily of personal and household items donated by Dutch immigrants. As most of the migrants arrived in the 1950s, the collection presents a historical insight into Dutch culture, both in the Netherlands and in the Dutch communities in Australia.

Meredith Blake 29 May 2013 9:48 AM

Love the new items you have catalogued recently! Great work

Jose Sendeckyj 13 May 2016 10:21 AM

As an immigrant from The Netherlands in the early 60's to Australia, it is heartening and very interesting to see the digital documentation of Dutch culture for posterity! Great work - I hope to assist in the future in some small way.

Michael Gijsberts 13 May 2016 11:03 AM

To Jose Sendeckyj, Thanks for your heartening comments. And yes do come and visit us and possibly lend a helping hand at our 'working bees'

Josephine Williams 21 April 2019 5:51 PM

I love looking at all these things! Thank you so much for putting them up they bring back so many memories!

henriette cooper 2 October 2019 12:06 PM

Bent U nog geinteresseerd in nederlandse boeken, gramofoonplaten etc.?

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226 items

226 items

Book - Het Achterhuis (The Diary of Anne Frank)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A smallish, hard-cover book printed on poor quality paper (indicative of the immediate post-war shortage), illustrated in black and white with one photo of Anne and a few of The Annexe.

Historical information

This diaryof a young Jewish girl is one of the best-known items to come out of the WWII occupation of The Netherlands.

Significance

Jews in all Nazi-occupied countries suffered indescribably during the years 1939-1945. In The Netherlands restrictions were imposed gradually but by 1942 it was imperative the family Frank either hide or be transported East. Although many were betrayed by fellow Dutch, in this case 8 Jews were kept hidden at the work address of father, Otto Frank. At the risk of their own lives his colleagues brought food and news. Anne had received a diary for her 13th birthday and immediately made it into her best and most secret friend. Two weeks later the family went into hiding and she continued to record her personal experiences and growth.

Inscriptions & Markings

Anne Frank. Het Achterhuis. Dagboek brieven van 12 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944. Met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein - Verschoor. Amsterdam Uitgeverij Contact. Anne Frank. The Annexe. Diary letters from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944. With a foreword by Annie Romein - Verschoor. Amsterdam Publisher Contact. Gedrukt door Ellerman Harms N.V. te Amsterdam. Copyright 1947. Printed by Ellerman Harms Ltd. in Amsterdam.

Bed Warmer

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A large dish-shaped copper bowl with patterned lid which has 5 cm diam. holes. The long handle is of turned wood.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Koffiemolentje (coffee grinder)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small bakelite stand-alone coffee grinder with curved metal handle and metal grinding works.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. On the lid: Within a circle and in relief Pe-De Dienes Reform D.R.G.M.D.R.P. Above the final inscription a small metal plate carries the words: Gesmeed maalwerk loopt op kogels - (forged grinding mechanism runs on ball bearings) 2. On the main body: Another circle with, in relief, an image of a deer head with with a cross inserted between his antlers. Thereunder the brand-name Pe De.

Set of 6 Coffee Cups and Saucers

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Cups are individually marked 5139(a) to 5139(f). Each carries 2 different blue-painted illustrations of regional costumes: (a and b) Volendam and Marken; (c and e) Staphorst and Nunspeet; (d and f) Middelburg and Spakenburg. Saucers are marked 5139(g) to 5139(l) and are plain white.

Inscriptions & Markings

Four cups carry the number 16 stamped on the bottom and two the number 15.

Pair of miniature wooden clogs (1 paar souvenir klompjes)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Picture of coloured windmill on front, red rim and toe; fastened together with string for hanging up.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Holland’ in top left hand corner of picture.

Souvenir Miniature Clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Unpainted wooden clogs held together with little red/white/blue ribbon tied in bow.

Dutch Primary School Reader - Derde Leesboekje

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Book: "Derde Leesboekje", a soft cover reader used in Dutch Primary schools in the decades around the 2nd World War

Historical information

This reader contains stories about two sisters: Zus and Jet. The "Derde Leesboekje" is the third reader in this series.

Significance

The stories in this book and in some of the other readers had as subjects the people, animals and objects used in the "aap, noot, mies" reading board shown as item number 6389. The reading boards and readers were used in the Netherlands for a long time (from many years before WW II, till the late 1960s) to teach reading and spelling.

Inscriptions & Markings

some silverfish type damage on front and back cover

Official royal commisioning of a Dutch consul in Melbourne 9 May 1924

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Timber-framed document behind glass.

Historical information

Signatories Queen Wilhemina on right, and foreign minister H. A. van Karnebeek on left. Authorised consul Ferdinand Henry Wright.

Significance

Establishment of a Dutch consulate illustrates strengthening of bonds between Australia and Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

See photographs

Decorative Saucer

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Colourfully painted saucer showing the Mint in Amsterdam with flower market in the foreground and the words "Tulpen uit Amsterdam" beside the Dutch flag on one of the stalls.

Inscriptions & Markings

'De Munt Amsterdam Holland' on main picture. A stamp on the reverse side shows a crown with "Royal" on its front, "Schwabap" inside. "Handdecorated" appears above the crown. Below the crown we read "1984 Ter Steege BV. Holland".

Decorative Cake Slide

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) Silver-coated intricately patterned cake slide. Carvings on a floral theme are done in relief. Edges are irregular. The handle end features a female form reminiscent of a ship's figure head.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word "Italy" is engraved on the back of the slide in very tiny writing.

Booklet - Harderwijk en de Zuiderzee (Harderwijk and the Zuiderzee) by Eibert den Herder.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

8pp pamphlet on very old cheap newsprint publishing one man's struggle against the Afsluitdijk the dike which would connect North Holland with Friesland and create a lake (IJsselmeer) out of the Zuiderzee.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil mark seems to indicate cost

Book - MULTATULI - De Geschiedenis van Woutertje Pieterse (The Story of Woutertje Pieterse) Opnieuw verzameld uit "De Ideen". (Newly selected from "The Ideas".)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Hard cover book by Dr.J.van den Bergh published in 1920 containing a newly selected collection of extracts of the publication "Ideen" (Ideas) by Multatuli. The book is in 2 parts and contains about 600 pages. There are a number of drawings as illustrations.

Historical information

Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Dutch: Max Havelaar, of de koffi-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappy) is an 1860 novel by Multatuli (the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker), which played a key role in shaping and modifying Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the novel, the protagonist, Max Havelaar, tries to battle against a corrupt government system in Java, which was then a Dutch colony.

Significance

The novel was central to the growing public awareness of corruption and exploitation by the Dutch colonial master in the East Indies. Published in 1860 it is considered the highpoint of Dutch literature in the 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

The illustrator is Anton van der Valk.

tourists bicycle pennants

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

calico, triangular pennant. One edged in blue, the other in red.

Historical information

Tourism

Significance

How people went on holiday. A memento of simple holidays. The tradition of camping as the holiday of choice.

Inscriptions & Markings

4089.R1 - blue edged pennant, showing the tourist sites around a place called Epen in the southern part of the province of Limburg. This is known because the name of the town is in large red letters. Three locations shown 1. Kamper Boerderij - A farm providing camping grounds. 2. Kasteel Beusdael - The Beusdael Castle 3. Wingbergermoelen - Wingberger Mill Also a little tent beneath the name of the town, with refers to the camping holiday. Also a maker's mark on the pennant, a small triangle with the letters L, A & B within it. 4089.R2 - red edged pennant, showing the area around Vaals in Limburg province, the name is in large red letters. The scene shows the meeting point between the Netherlands, Germany & Belgium - "Drie Landen Punt" (Three Country Meeting Point) Also shows the height of the viewing point (193m), as well showing other features including: - Hotel Bellevue - Uitzichttoren - viewing tower - Panorama Aken - Panorama of Aachen, Germany - Spoorbrug-Moresnet - Railwaybridge-Moresnet in Belgium. Small makers mark. Black triangle, possible the same as that shown in the other pennant, though obscured.

Framed Embroidery of Dutch Coat of Arms

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Children's skates (Kinderschaatsen)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

4649 (a) and (b) Wooden upper, pointed at both ends; steel blade fastened with central rivet; leather ankle and toe straps. Front straps have eyelets through which very strong crossgrain strap was threaded to tie skate onto shoe, rear strap has hole either side to thread the strap through for tying under shoe instep and around top of shoe and around ankle.

Historical information

Medieaval and 17th century Dutch paintings show winterscapes with children from the Low Countries skating on skates of similar pattern.

Significance

The Dutch love of skating is exemplified by the fact that so many brought their skates with them to their new country.

Inscriptions & Markings

R 21 (on right skate) 21 (on left skate)

3 copper 1 cent coins

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

3 copper 1 cent coins with holes in the centre issued for The Dutch East Indies

Inscriptions & Markings

On one side: Nederlandsch Indie 1945; on the other the same information in Sanskrit.

Framed Certificate

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Official declaration establishing the Dutch Consulate in Melbourne. The framed declaration is signed by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Queen, Wilhemina of Orange, on 9 May 1924.

Historical information

The declaration was noticed in an antique shop by a Dutch antique dealer who purchased it and donated it to the DAHC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dated: 9 Mei negentien vier en twintig ( 9 May 1924 ) and signed by Queen Wilhelmina. Has creases that somebody tried to fix with white-out.

Pottery Mug

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Cream coloured vase-shaped souvenir mug commemorating birth of Willem-Alexander of Orange on 27 April, 1967.

Historical information

Willem-Alexander was the first child born to Crown Princess Beatrix and Prins Claus.

Significance

Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands in 2013 on the abdecation of his mother Queen Beatrix.

Inscriptions & Markings

Willem Alexander's coat of arms on an orange, white and blue banner is surmounted by a bouquest of orange branches. Underneath is the inscription 27 April 1967 Willem-Alexander. On the other side the Dutch National flag and an Orange Banner are crossed against the background of a colourful tree.

Decorative plate in Delft blue (Delftsblauw sierbordje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Round plate with two holes at back through which metal wire has been looped for hanging. Floral Delfts blue decorations around, bouquet in centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

On underside, Royal Delfts Blauw Handwerk, crown.

Book by A.M.C.Bolt - Brieven uit Tasmanië - Het verzet, de zoektocht naar de vrijheid en een groot geheim.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Historical information

The book describes a group migration of several families from Groningen all of whom had been involved in the Resistance. They settled in Tasmania, built their own homes and named a street after their home town. They contributed to the development of Kingston.

Significance

In de uitgebreide briefwisseling tussen vader Eric van der Laan die vooruit reisde naar Tasmanië in 1950 en de achterblijvers in Groningen word je meegezogen in alle avonturen van de pioniers in het nieuwe land. Ondanks alle ontberingen die Eric en vele andere verzetsstrijders hebben moeten doorstaan (waaronder martelingen in het Huis van Bewaring, het verblijf in kamp Neuengamme en op de Cap d’Arcona), beschikt deze man over een enorme dosis humor en levenslust.

Book - Het Achterhuis - Dagboek Brieven

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A paper back issue of the diary.

Historical information

This copy is part of the 57th print run of the first edition.

Significance

A unique insider account by a Jewish teenager of hiding from Hitler during WWII. It is well written and obvious the author could have become a successful writer had she lived.

Booklet - Flitsen uit Delft's Verleden (Glimpses of Delft's Past)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 104pp booklet by A. van Peer printed on poor quality paper. Illustrations are in black and white; the cover picture is of the Old Church in Delft. (See item The subtitle reads :1246 Delft 1946.

Historical information

This booklet was published in the year following the German occupation on 1940-1945. It celebrates the 700 years existence of the city.

Significance

See item

Hot water bottle (warme kruik)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Hollow cylindrical copper tube with copper screw top with circular handle.

Historical information

Given to former prisoners in Japanese camps in the former Dutch East Indies after liberation 1946.

Significance

Dutch colonists suffered incarceration under the Japanese occupation of former Dutch East Indies. Post-war many returned to The Netherlands where they suffered from the cold. It was difficult for them to settle in and this gift would have been a welcome gesture of acceptance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten label says: Warm water kruik aan ons gegeven toen wij koud en berooid uit de Japanse kampen kwamen Jan 1946 (Hot water bottle given to us when we came out of the Japanese camps, cold and destitute, Jan 1946).

Vase in Delft blue (vaasje in Delfts blauw)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Cylindrical but slightly bulging in middle; white with blue flowers - mainly roses; not usual Delft pattern.

Inscriptions & Markings

Above central crown Delft 1103, crown has letters KRONACH inside crown, under crown Bavaria 309/0, at right angles Echt Kobalt Unterglasur

Sweets Tin

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

The tin is decorated with images of De Zaanse Schans - an area in North Holland famous for its wind mills. The lid has an image of windmills the main one of which features decorated vanes.

Small framed tiles.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Set of three small framed tiles with humourous Dutch sayings.

Inscriptions & Markings

(a) Ik hoef niet te zwemmen in het geld maar pootje baden vind ik fijn. (I don't need to swim in money but I enjoy paddling in it). (b) Mannen moeten zijn als coffee, sterk goed en warm. (Men need to be like coffee, strong good and warm. (c Praat niet over jezelf, dat doen wij wel als je weg bent.

Opaque Glass Mug

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

4161 - One of a set of 10. This mug carried the Netherlands coat of arms. The other 9 mugs depict provincial coats of arms.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Netherlands coat of arms of two lions holding a shield surmounted by a crown and depicting a lion rampant. A banner below carries the Dutch Royal Motto "Je Maintiendrai". (I shall persevere).

Pikelet pan (poffertjespan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass pan with seven shallow circular indentations. Wooden handle with eyelet at end for hanging on wall.

Significance

Souvenir brought out by Dutch migrants.

Book - Letters from Tasmania - The resistance, the search for freedom, a secret.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Paperback issue

Commemorative Mug (Melkbeker)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A souvenir pottery mug handed out to school children in Amsterdam in 1948 to commemorate the abdication of Queen Wilhelmina and the accession to the throne of Queen Juliana. This kind of mug (without a handle) was typically used by children to drink their milk. It is illustrated with the initials of the two Queens surrounded by oranges (for the House of Orange). Blue banners link the bunches of oranges. There is also a depiction of the famous steeple of the Wester Church, the Amsterdam coat of Arms, a ship, a bridge and a typical canal house.

Historical information

In 1898, when Princess Wilhelmina attained her majority, she succeeded her Mother, Queen Emma, who had been Regent for 10 years. Wilhelmina reigned for 50 years until her abdication in favour of her daughter Juliana in 1948.

Significance

The House of Orange is one of the most popular monarchies in Western democracies. Widespread celebrations accompanied the Abdication/Accession.

Inscriptions & Markings

Above the W: "Dankbaar voor het verleden" (Grateful for the past) 1898-1948. Above the J: "Vol vertrouwen in de toekomst" (Full of confidence in the future) 1948