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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

Dutch miitary long coat

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Dutch miitary long coat with lion emblem brass buttons - of heavy greenish material

Historical information

Part of the small collection of uniforms in DAHC's possession. Like most of these uniform this one stems from the 1950's.

Significance

Many of the 1950's period uniforms came from people that had been discharged after having served in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) during the Indonesian War of Independence.

Mortar and pestle (mortier en vijzel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

4801 (a) Round wooden shallow mortar 4801 (b) Wooden pestle.

Historical information

Brought by Dutch Indonesian migrants

Handknitted Woollen Mittens

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Handknitted multicoloured woollen mittens with Scandinavian pattern.

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".

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

Dutch stoneware pot (Keulse pot)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Grey stoneware pot, amphora shape, blue ring above written inscription, two handles with blue markings.

Significance

Voorraadpot made in Rotterdam by JM de Hoop and son. Used for storing preserved food eg. sauerkraut.

Inscriptions & Markings

JM de Hoop & Zoon Rotterdam. On opposite side, circular brand with Fabrieks Merk depicting hope and anchor

Small framed tile.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small square of three-ply on which is glued a slightly smaller ceramic tile carrying a Dutch saying. A small hole has been added in the back for ease of hanging. The mount appears to be hand-made.

Significance

In The Netherlands the fiftieth birthday is celebrated as "seeing Abraham". This is a reference to a Gospel quote where Jesus was told he was too young to be teaching the people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heeft men eenmaal Abraham zien staan dan breekt het volle leven aan. (The fullness of life starts after the age of 50).

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.

Souvenir Miniature Clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

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

Untitled

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Child-Size Wheelbarrow for Cutting Peat

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Wooden flat-bed wheelbarrow with wooden wheel with metal band. Oak and teak have been used and the item is varnished. Used together with peat cutter (Item 4143) and peat spade (Item 4142).

Historical information

Originated in Drente where cutting peat was one of the main industries. Used together with peat cutter (Item 4143) and peat spade (Item 4142).

Significance

A rare example referring to the peat cutting industry.

Board game (bordspel) - Wie krijgt voorrang (Who gives way)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Lid illustrated with box contents. Box contains board marked with traffic game. Counters, cards, one dice. Instructions and description.

Inscriptions & Markings

Spika Made in DGR

Flour Jar (Meel Pot)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A dark grey, cylindrical pottery canister with dark blue decorations.

Inscriptions & Markings

An engraving of the word Meel with a dotted border is on the front of the jar. A protruding handle is found on each side of the container. The decorations are of flowers and ferns.

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.

Booklet - Kampje Spelen (Playing Internment Camp)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Simply produced 30page booklet. It is the printed version of a handwritten booklet produced in July 1945 by Mrs Axie Mazèl Krammer to help her children deal with the memories of their imprisonment by the Japanese in the former Dutch East Indies. The materials and style imitate the simple materials that were available for the author during their 4 years of imprisonment and deprivation.

Historical information

Mrs. Axie Mazèl - Krammer and her friend Anneke Rappard each had two daughters with them in the Women's camp in Banjoe Biroe. Prior to her marriage Axie Krammer von Marchau had studied languages, literature and pedagogy and particularly the art of teaching through play. The spirit and optimism of these two women contributed to the survival of their 4 little girls. An accomplished artist Mrs. Mazèl created the original of this booklet for the 6th birthday of her friend's daughter Anne Marie on July 30, 1945.

Significance

The illustrated story of children playing at internment does not hide the reality of their lives but puts in the context of a game of make-believe. The make-believe is illustrated in colour while the harsh reality is recognised in a small black and grey sketch in a corner of each page.

Inscriptions & Markings

The name "A. Kelleners" is written on the flyleaf.

Small framed tile.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Inscriptions & Markings

Eigen haard is goud waard. (There is no place like home)

Round framed souvenir tile

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Brabant at base of tile.

Embroidered panel

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Panel of cream cotton with blue cross-stitch embroidery of Dutch scenes. Molen (windmill), Schaatsen (couple skating), Vissers (fishers), Wasdag (washing day). Suspended from wooden frame with brass rod and chain for hanging.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cocoa Tin/Cacaobus

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Cylinderical tin brightly decorated with painted scenes of people enjoying cocoa in a variety of situations in the early 20th century. The lid has been painted with a coat of arms based on the Dutch coat of arms but with cocoa tree instead of orange tree. The banner carries the German words "van Houten seit 1828".

Historical information

Information on the tin suggests it was produced primarily for the German market.

Significance

A colonial product processed in The Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

The brand name - Van Houten's Cocoa - and instructions for preparation are given in Dutch, French, English and German.

Copper Vase

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small copper vase inscribed with red decorations.

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)

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)

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.

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

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Paperback issue