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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 Victoria (map)
phone
+61 0419549376
Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment - call Mr Michael Gijsberts on 0419 549 376

Entry Fee

Free Entry. However, 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'

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Coffee pot set (Koffie servies)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) - (w) - A tall, off white, ceramic pot with matching sugar bowl, milk jug, and eight cups and saucers. Two scenes, Westertoren and Montelbaanstoren are found on the sides of the body of the coffee pot. Scenes of Amsterdam are also seen on the other items. Two plates for serving biscuits or cakes both also with Amsterdam scenes complete the set. The edges of these are curved slightly upwards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Item 5140(v) has the words "Nieuwmarket met Waag" (Newmarket with Weighing House); the inscription on 5140(w) reads: "Waterlooplein", (Waterloo Square). On the bottom of some items the words "Viller and Bosch" appear.

Vegetable Bucket (Groenten Emmer)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

The metal bucket is enamelled in green on the outside and grey on the inside. It has a plain handle.

Historical information

Vegetables buckets were used to collect vegetables from the garden, greengrocer or other supplier.

Significance

The item speaks of a time when people either grew their own food or bought it from delivery carts.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word "GROENTEN" (vegetables) in white enameling underlined by 3 gold rings that go right around the bucket.

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

Dutch Tile (Tegel) - Ridderzaal - Den Haag

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Ceramic tile in the Delft blue.

Historical information

Tourism industry highlighting cultural aspect of the Netherlands - Dutch tiles.

Significance

Promotes tourism to the Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Representation of the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights - Seat of the Dutch Parliament) in The Hague. In top left corner - Dutch Coat of Arms. In top right corner - Coat of Arms of The Hague. Back - Metal Triangular hook for hanging. Industrial production marks. Along the bottom - English description of the subject of the tile plus Tourist slogan (THE HAGUE - A New Destination for travel to Holland) and contact information. Bottom right corner - manufacturer logo and name (b.v. plateelbakkerij - located in Schoonhoven, Holland)

Bowl with handle

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Parringer with decorative leaf-shaped handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Royal Holland Pewter Daalderop mark is on the reverse.

Crochet hook container

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Wooden tube in two interlocking parts, decorated with painted flowers. Rounded ends.

Inscriptions & Markings

Total length 20 cm, length of outer tube 10.7 cm., length of interlocking tube 8.5 cm., length of insert section 1.2 cm. Diameter 2.5 cm.

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.

Candlle holder (kandelaar)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Double candle holder in pewter, tulip shaped candle cups, on asymmetrical curved bracket, on circular base.

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)

Small wooden souvenir box (houten souvenirdoosje uit den Bosch)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Light timber square box with hinged lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid: first line of popular song relating to place this box commemorates, viz den Bosch (s’Hertogenbosch) capital of province Brabant. Same line repeated on two sides of box. Illustration on lid shows male and female figures, female with basket.

Framed Print - Scheveningen Beach.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Large rectangular sepia print of the beach and beach front at Scheveningen. Among other beachfront buildings it features the famous Kurhaus Hotel and walkers on the sandy beach at what appears to be low tide. The sky is filled with dark glowering clouds. There are no swimmers apart from seagulls. The print has been professionally framed and has a strong wire at the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scheveningen Beach. The Hague. Netherlands. 1998. There is also an indistinguishable signature and the mark 25/100. The latter indicates this is no.25 in a limited edition of 100.

Wall Tile (Tegel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Off-white pottery tile with blue coloured proverb in the Frisian language. There are also some blue glaze decorations in the four corners. On the back the brand name Harlingen Holland forms part of an imprint. There is also a hook for hanging.

Historical information

Tiles are formed using the using the same tools as four centuries ago, namely a knife and a wooden mould with little nails in the corners. Afterwards, the imprints of the nails remain visible as minute points in the glaze. After the first baking, the tile is glazed. The wet glaze is imprinted with a charcoal powder design. Then the painter redraws the lines with a fine paint brush and uses his own craftsmanship to color with paints that are in fact glazes colored by a metal oxide. The second baking blends these colors with the layer of tin glaze. The result is a unique and beautiful tile.

Significance

Tile design, making and baking is a traditional Dutch craft and continues today. The province of Friesland has its own traditions in the field of which this tile is a sample.

Inscriptions & Markings

The proverb reads: "Doch dyn plicht en lit de lju mar rabje." (Do your duty and just let people talk).

Circular Ashtray

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A round pewter ashtray with a scene from a Jan Steen interior in the centre bowl section. 4 cigarette resting places are round the outside edge.

Significance

Smoking became common in The Netherlands as a result of trade with the West Indies. The Jan Steen illustrations of typical chaotic households were well known and eventually came to be used to poke fun at excessive tidiness.

Inscriptions & Markings

The outside edge is decorated with scroll type engravings. A pewter manufacturer's mark is impressed on the reverse side of the bowl.

Dress uniform of a major in Dutch Army, communication section

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Dress uniform of major in Communications Regiment of Royal Netherlands Army, existing out of black coat with rank and regiment type indications and pants.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two stars and laurel leaves on shoulder epaulettes indicate rank of major. Collar batch indicates a communication regiment. Coat has label of manufacturer. Pants has name and rank of original owner.

Untitled

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass Milk Measure

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A brass replica of the the milk measures used in the days the dairy farmer delivered milk out of large cans brought from the dairy farms.

Historical information

The objects relates to a period when old-fashioned objects were reproduced in brass (often in miniature) and bought for collections.

Inscriptions & Markings

2 DL

Pair of Skates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Skimming ladle (schuimspaan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Steel ladle with orange handle with white perforated shallow bowl.

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.

Measuring Scoop (Maatbeker)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

The scoop is likely a brass replica of the enamelled scoops commonly used by milkmen when delivering milk to housewives. It has a curved handle. 2DL indicates a volume of 200ml.

Inscriptions & Markings

2DL is engraved on the scoop's side.

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.

Framed Ceramic Tile - Reproduction of painting

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Tile with colour print of of Dutch landscape in gold with black line frame protected on back with cardboard nailed to frame

Historical information

The picture on the tile is a reproduction of the painting "The Mill at Wijk bij Duurstede" which was painted around 1670 by the Dutch painter Jacob Isaacksz vab Ruysdael (1628-1682)

Significance

Souvenir type item, likely purchases at the souvenir shop of the (Dutch) Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cardboard at back of of frame has text " Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael 1628-1682. "The Mill at Wijk bij Duurstede" (painted about 1670). Original size 32 5/8 " x 39 3/4" Oil on Canvas (note this is about 892x1009mm) Held in Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam

Coffee grinder (koffiemolen)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Coffee grinder, wooden body, metal top. Wooden drawer in bottom, metal contaner for ground coffee. Metal top has circular raised section which has an opening with sliding lid to put in coffee beans. Metal handle with wooden knob in centre of top, connects with grinding mechanism inside metal top.

Historical information

Brought to Australia in the 1950s by Dutch migrants. These coffee grinders were in common use in the 1940s amd 1950s as an altrrnative to wall-mounted coffee grinders. They were operated by clamping the grinder between one' knees.

Significance

The drinking of coffee is a highly social ritual among Dutch people. They brought this ritual with nthem to Australia as is evidenced by the number of coffee grinders and other coffee psraphernalia donated to the DAHC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pe De on front above drawer.

Comic Book - Billy Turf - Billy Turf 10

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Soft-cover comic book

Historical information

The Billy Turf series of stories is one of the few comic books originating in the UK instead of the area Belgium, The Netherlands and France.

Significance

Comic Books are traditionally more popular in The Netherlands (and France and Belgium) than they are in Australia. There are in the Netherlands shops that only sell comic books. Most of these comic books originate from the area The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Inscriptions & Markings

slightly worn

Delft commorative tile

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Ceramic tile, brown and black two-line border around gold, green, red and white design. Laurel leaves with red berries around coat of arms, scroll banner. Coat of arms white background with three red horizontal bars with two crossed red bars.On back two holes for hanging.

Historical information

Dutch commemorative tile from city of Enschede in Drente

Significance

Souvenir brought by Dutch migrants on migrating.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scroll inscribed ENSCHEDE. On underside: Delft with makers' mark. Coat of arms white background with three red horizontal bars with two crossed red bars.

Serviette Ring

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brown bamboo serviette ring.

Significance

This item demonstrates that Dutch table manners were continued in the Dutch East Indies.

Suitcase (Koffer)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Suitcase body made of fibre covered with striped brown and cream plasticised cloth; pink plastic skintone handle with label strings, two key locks and central latch for padlock. Edges covered with pink stitched plastic Corners of lid reinforced with metal, two metal hinges, studs five metal studs underneath. Leather straps to hold lid open/. Interior covered with grey and black patterned paper. Marks of a label on left side, removed.

Historical information

Cheap suitcase for one-way trip

Inscriptions & Markings

Torn paper custom sticker, PASSED, Australia, 3869. Embossed on rear of lower part ES 20 FIBRE 26 Cheney (on lock); Cheney England on central lock

Ashtray (Asbakje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Blue and white hand-painted ashtray with three shallow grooves on rim for resting cigarettes. The scalloped rim is also decorated with a blue catkin branch. In the centre circle is a picture of a cafe and the inscription "12 ½ Jaar Cafe Tromp".

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse is painted; "Handpainted Delft Blue made in Holland".

Wooden Clog (Klompje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Single wooden clog decorated with burnt-in rustic scene and patterned decorations.

Historical information

Wooden clogs were common footwear for farmers and their families.

Enamelled Potato Bucket (Aardappel Emmer)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

The bucket is green enamelled on the outside and grey enamelled on the inside. The metal carry handle is looped through metal loops protruding above the rim.

Significance

The Dutch traditionally ate large quantities of potatoes. These would be peeled ahead of time by available labour (e.g., mother, children, visiting relatives) and kept under water till it was time to cook them. Vegetables were similarly prepared and kept under water to prevent browning before cooking.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aardappelen (Potatoes)

Pair of clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Yellow-painted wooden clogs.

Souvenir Miniature Clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

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

Miniature Souvenir Clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

White wood with Delft blue mill motifs, fridge magnet attached .

Inscriptions & Markings

"Holland" on side of clog.

Small brass bowl.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small brass bowl marked with engravings in a similar manner to Items 5115 and 5119.

Inscriptions & Markings

Decorative engravings.

Pencil Case/Tekendoos

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A rectangular wooden box with hinged lid for the storage of drawing implements.

Significance

An example of the type of pencil storage used by Dutch children in the first half of the 20th century.

Tile

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A rectangular ceramic tile on which is printed a verse to honour the importance of friendship. The author is Toon Hermans, a very popular post-war entertainer.

Inscriptions & Markings

The 16 line poem is named "Vrinden" (Friends)

Commemorative pewter plate

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Pewter; circular with a rose petal edge.

Historical information

Refers to the 25th anniversary of the reign of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

Significance

Shows fondness/affection of the Dutch public to their royal family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed likeness of Queen Juliana which states above the image: "Koningin Der Nederlanden" - Queen of The Netherlands below the image: 1948 - Juliana - 1973 - likely referring to the 25th year of her reign. On the back of the plate: A pewter strip welded onto the plate to allow hanging via a hole in that strip. A makers mark at bottom of plate - "KdBR" featuring an angel with clarion/trumpet and holding palm branch. Below maker's mark is "92% tin" on left of reversed face is: "Namaak Verboden" (Imitation Prohibited) on the right of reversed face is: "Tingieterij Roelen" (Pewter Foundry Roelen)

Carnival Hat (Karnavalsmuts)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Decorative hat made of a silky material in green, orange, purple and cream, finished off with wavelike band and brown koala at front of hat (see picture - also see items 6351 and 6353).

Historical information

Carnival is an important annual event in the Southern Provinces of The Netherlands with each village often having its own Carnival Club and traditions. The Dutch People from the Southern Provinces continued in many cases this tradition and formed their regional Carnavals Clubs in Australia. Each Carnaval Club has a Council of Eleven with its own colourful uniform, including a hat. There is a variety of hats for the various roles within the committee and club.

Significance

For people from the Southern Provinces of the Netherlands Carnival is an important cultural event.

Inscriptions & Markings

Has the name "Tony" on the inside

Book - '...gereet en gekleet naar hun staat' (Dressed according to their standing)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A hard cover well-illustrated book containing details of the regional dress of three villages on the one-time IJsselmeer.

Significance

Historical Study of the development of regional clothing for men, women and children in the Bunschoten area from the 18th century onwards. With the many illustrations it forms a valuable record of a slowly dying local custom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Historie en ontwikkeling van de klederdracht van Bunschoten, Spakenburg en Eemdijk.

Coal Shuttle (Kolenkit)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A souvenir imitation coal shuttle fashioned from beaten copper. It is on a brass stand and has brass handles fastened with lion head studs and copper rivets. The handle has an imitation Delft blue grip.

Commemorative Plate (Gedenkbord)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A ceramic plate decorated in blue with pictures and words. Central to the image is a coat of arms featuring a central lion and 4 identical hunting horns. The whole is surmounted by a crown. The rim is decorated with orange blossoms.

Historical information

Maastricht, Holland, was the city where Petrus Regout established the De Sphinx pottery in 1836. De Sphinx operated under the name Petrus Regout & Co. until 1899. The firm was noted for its transfer-printed earthenware. Many factories in Maastricht are still making ceramics.

Significance

The plate was created to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Wilhelmina in 1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

The words read: "Mijn schilt en de betrouwen Syt Ghy O God myn Heer. Op U soo wil ick bouwen Verlaat my nimmermeer." These are words from the second verse of the National Anthem recorded in Old Dutch. The dates 1898-1923 also feature on the front of the plate. The back bears the maker's stamp, an imprint of a small arrow, an imprint of ¾ and the words "Made in Holland". The maker's stamp reads: "Petrus Regout & Co Maastricht". It is surmounted by a sphinx. There are also two holes in the rim to enable hanging of the plate.

Wall Tile (Tegel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) and (b) - A set of two ceramic wall tiles featuring historic buildings in the town of Heemstede in the province of North Holland. The images are in shades of blue. Tile (a) depicts the Dutch Reformed Church building (Netherlands Reformed Church). Tile (b) is an image of the Cruquius Museum on the site of a one-time pumping station.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of each tile are the words Mosa Royal Holland. Tile (a) also has the numbers 86 and 89 imprinted.

Framed paper napkin

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Simply produced paper item celebrating the wedding of Willem Alexander and Maxima which took place before he became King. The main section has been selected - the remainder folded behind and the result placed in a wooden frame. Their portraits are enclosed by a heart-shaped orange ribbon. A red, white and blue flag with orange pennant and an orange flag are on the opposite side. Both parts of the illustration are surmounted by a crown.

Historical information

Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands married his Argentinian sweetheart Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in February 2002.

Inscriptions & Markings

Willem Alexander - Maxima

Musical Occasional Lamp (Schemerlampje met Muziekdoosje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small plywood and plastic windmill with a music box connected to the vanes. The outside is decorated with windmill scenes.

Historical information

These lamps were essential in Dutch household to help to create the famous "gezelligheid" or cosy atmosphere.

Significance

Although this seems to have been a windmill only to begin with, with the electric light added later, it speaks of the significance of this type of lamp in the homes of the Dutch.

Peijnenburg cake tin

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Oblong tin with lid. Colourful Pris city scenes on all sides and lid.

Significance

Contained typical Dutch ontbijtkoek, beloved of all Dutch people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peijnenburg Cuque de Paris on lid. On bottom: koek Peijnenburg

Double bean slicer (bonensnijder) with Guard

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Green painted cast iron cover disc with turning handle, table clamp, two slots of slightly different sizes. Inside, cast iron disc with three steel cutting blades. Handle cast iron with wooden knob. Slightly cylindrical steel cutting guide open at one end ,to prevent scattering of sliced beans.

Historical information

Brought to Australia by Dutch immigrant family

Significance

The tough flat beans for which this was used were made easier to cook by slicing them finely.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Pe De

Ashtray (Asbakje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Richly illustrated small rectangular glass ashtray showing map of one-time Dutch New Guinea, surrounding waters and smaller islands. Two endemic bids are also shown. The glas is a pale blue; the illustrations are in green and yellow; words are in black. The ashtray's four sides are curled slightly upwards.

Historical information

The item dates from the years of Dutch influence in the region which ended in 1962. The region is now known as West Papua.

Significance

As the above urls will show, West Papua's history is a complex one with various colonial powers disputing ownership with the local inhabitants. Modern Indonesia also lays claim to it. The area was part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1949 till 1962. Prior to 1949 it was part of the Dutch East Indies. The item may well date from this pre-1949 period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oceans, seas and islands are named in the Dutch language. A dotted border marks off Australian New Guinea.

Ember Extinguisher (Doofpot)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A brass, pear shaped container with handle on three short clawed feet. The lid has a Delft blue porcelain knob.

Round framed souvenir tile

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Cream background with, in foreground, couple in dark brown regional Brabant costume; farmhouse outbuildings and trees in background. Spring frame at rear for hanging. Brown imitation wood frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brabant at base of tile.

Kruikezeiker (Jug Pisser) Statue

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Bronze (?) male figure depicting him about to fill a jug with his urine. His right hand lifts his garment while he holds the jug in his left.

Historical information

A link to the folkloric custom that the poor sold their urine to the wool industry where it was used in wool washing. Current depictions of a stereotypical Kruikezeiker are based on the Tilburg sculpture created by Henk Smulders (1925-1994). Said statue is located on Nieuwlandstraat, Tilburg.

Significance

Tilburg has embraced this legend and named itself "Kruikezeiker Stad" (Jug City). The legend is brought to the fore during Karneval celebrations. It is a symbol of the city.

Inscriptions & Markings

Base edge carries the name: "H.Smulders" on the back; "Tilburg" on the side and "Kruikezeiker" on the front.