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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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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.

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)

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.

(a) Leesplankje (b)Leesplankje letter collection (c) Book: 'Het Leesplankje' - (c)Het Leesplankje

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

a) Reading Board - an aid to lelarning to read. b ) A small round tin containing the necessary letters to build the words shown and illustrated on "leesplankjes" or reading boards. (See also item 4839). c) Book produced in 2014 concerning the variety of these reading boards with the addition of word games and reading practice.

Historical information

Leesplankjes were first created in the last decade of the 19th century and continued to be created in a number of variations until the 1950's. Separate editions were used for Dutch populations abroad, e.g., the Dutch East Indies.

Significance

Every Dutch primary school child would have been familiar with these boards and letters. A number of variations existed depending on the particular area in The Netherlands where the school was. There were distinctive boards for e.g., South Africa and Dutch East Indies.

Inscriptions & Markings

a) variety of nouns containing an assortment of diphthongs. b )Lettertjes bij Hoogeveens leesplankje*J.B.Wolters. Groningen* (Letters for Hoogeveen reading boards) c) Book Title: Het Leesplankje met woordspelletje en oefeningen. (The Reading Board with word games and exercises).

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

Decorative Cake Slide (Sier Taart Schep)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A much decorated filigreed silver-coloured cake slide. The main scene is a detail from Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" worked in relief on the slide.

Box of Slate Pencils (Griffels)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Rectangular light green cardboard container which slides open to reveal 7 slate pencils. The lid is busily illustrated with scenes of English Victories on Sea and Land including Trafalgar and Waterloo. The upper halves of the slate pencils are covered in paper decorated with various designs.

Historical information

Slate pencils were used extensively in primary schools throughout The Netherlands.

Significance

These pencils may have belonged to a child who attended school either towards the end of or post WWII when there was a scarcity of paper and books.

Inscriptions & Markings

In the left margin of the picture are the words: "Designed in England". Underneath the Trafalgar scene is the quotation: "England expects that every man this day will do his duty." Under the Waterloo scene is the quotation: "Up Guards and at them!" In the right margin are the words: Copyright ENT * STAT HALL. GES.GESCHUTZT. In the centre are the words The Box enclose a crown surmounting a coat of arms which in its turn surmounts crossed slate pencils, then the words SLATE PENCILS and Made in Germany. In pale ink the name Harold is written above the picture.

Book - 25 Jaar Afsluitdijk 1932-1957 (25 years of the Enclosure Dike)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 56page rectanguar book commemorating the opening of the Afsluitdijk. The cover is of thick card while within the pages of text are illustrated with black and white photographs.

Historical information

The book commemorates the opening of the Afsluitdijk in 1932. Shutting off the North Sea created the IJsselmeer and connected the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. It has remained an essential traffic artery every since.

Significance

The book records the cultural, economic and social impact of the Afsluitdijk on the Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Originally owned and eventually deregistered by "De Utrechtse Openbare Bibliotheek" (Utrecht Public Library). Another stamp. "Filiaal Elinkwijk" shows it was used by the library branch in Elinkwijk. Full title is "Vijfentwintig Jaar Afsluitdijk". Authors and illustrators are B. Den Oudsten en P.Terpstra with an introduction by the Queen's representative in Friesland, Mr.H.P.Linthorst Homan. Publisher is Algmeen Publiciteit Kantoor, Oosterkade 20b, Leeuwarden.

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

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

Miniature Smoothing Iron (Strijkbout)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Miniature brass souvenir iron of the type able to contain glowing coals when full size.

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)

Cigar Mould (Sigaren Plank)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

5784(a) and 5784 (b) are two pieces made of wood (presumed to be pine). 20 slots to mould the cigars. Bottom piece has deeper slots for the cigars. The two pieces are not solid pieces of wood. The bottom piece is made from two boards/pieces of wood stuck together with aeration space left in between. The top piece has 20 individual moulds/slot glued on. The two pieces can be locked in via three wooden pegs into their corresponding slots On the back of the lower board/piece - there are two holes lined with metal rings (diameter of 1cm) Note that the size given applies when the two pieces are fitted together.

Historical information

Dutch cigar industry was prominent in the eastern part of Noord Brabant in towns like Helmond.

Significance

Dutch colonial history. Cigar smoking was popular amongst Dutch men

Inscriptions & Markings

On the top board - There is stamped the numeral "53". To the left of this number, we have the manufacturer's circular logo with details - L. Bezemer & Zn. N.V. Helmond Holland PERLU-VORM In front on the left-hand corner of both halves - etched number "7298"

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.

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

(a)Leesplankje with (b) Letter Collection

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) Leesplankje (Reading board) with collection of letters to enable words to be built on the traditional reading board known as "Leesplankje". (b) Collection of Letters in round plastic box

Historical information

Although beautifully finished with a clear coating this could well be a home made edition.

Significance

The large variety of these boards prove that different districts, religious groups and colonies had their own versions.

Inscriptions & Markings

The board is covered with 18 pictures and words; the letters are used by children to copy the words.

Booklet - Cultuur-historie aan het Eemmeer (Culture and History around Lake Eem)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A colourful 32pp booklet published as extra-edition of the historic Bunschoten periodical 'Bunscote'.

Significance

Although this publication has no date it is obviously from the 2nd half of the 20th century and put together by the local historic society in an effort to record certain traditions and promote the local area. It is aimed at visiting tourists and includes maps with walk and cycle routes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of the editing team, co-ordinator, graphic artist and printer are all recorded.

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.

Commemorative Tile (Regeerings Tegel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Wall tile to commemorate the reign of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands from 1948 to 1980. An oval-shaped black and white image of the queen is at the centre surrounded by some low-key decorations.

Historical information

Queen Juliana's mother, Queen Wilhelmina, abdicated in favour of Juliana, her only child in 1948. In 1980 Juliana abdicated in favour of the eldest of her three sons Willem-Alexander.

Significance

The production of this tile is significant of the Dutch monarchy's willingness to abdicate in favour of the next genration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Koningin Juliana 1948-1980 (Queen Juliana 1948-1980).

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.

Earthenware gin bottle (jeneverkruik)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Tan earthenware bottle with cork stopper with plastic top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around shoulder: ERVEN LUCAS BOLS ‘T LOOTSJE AMSTERDAM 1 LITER. On front of bottle: Upper label Z.O. GENEVER = very old gin. The name BOLS in bold black diagonally across the label. Description in Dutch and English . Smaller lower label with serving suggestions in 6 languages except Dutch. Back of bottle: label stating again this is a very old gin and a barcode which suggests a relatively recent date of manufacture.

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.

Pair of Skates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Wood Carving

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small wooden root has been carved to resemble a bird sitting on a plant.

Significance

This item originated in the former Dutch East Indies and was likely intended as a souvenir.

Photograph of Enkhuizen harbour entrance

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Photograph of harbour entrance of Enkhuizen on chipboard (sides blackened). A cord for hanging has been stapled to the back.

Historical information

The picture is of the habour of Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen is is an old harbour city which has much of the atmosphere of a port city some centuries ago.

Significance

Enkhuizen was one of the harbours used by the VOC (Dutch East Indies Company) as home port. With the closing off of the former Zuiderzee (South Sea), now called IJsselmeer, in the late 1930's, it lost its direct connection with the sea and became more or less a museum of the past.

Inscriptions & Markings

A sticker on the back says J.Kosnar Pty Ltd.

Pewter vase (tinnen vaas)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Curved vase with three lines etched around neck, and raised ridge around belly of vase. Dent under ridge, lip dented. Style possibly Art Nouveau or reproduction of earlier model.

Inscriptions & Markings

On bottom: maker's mark curved triangular shield, borders inscribed: Made in Holland, Importe de Hollande Daalderop, Coat of arms in centre with Tiel Holland, KDM

Wooden Plaque

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Large rectangular timber plaque with scalloped edges depicting historic shipwrecks of Western Australia.

Historical information

The VOC sent its trading ships to the (then) Dutch East Indies to collect spices and other goods. In the 17th century accurate navigation was not always possible and ships might end up on the wild, unchartered West Australian coastline.

Significance

Item recalls the fact that the WA coast was unintentionally visited by Dutch ships during the 17th and 18th centuries. Because the coast was so unattractive the Dutch did not try to settle the country.

Inscriptions & Markings

An insert reads: "Historic Shipwrecks of Western Australia (Protected as of 1983). Coastal cities are marked with their names and dots along the coastline indicate wreck sites. Most are named and dated; others marked as unidentified. An inset map deals with the area around Fremantle and shows a large number of wrecks. A separate typed notice attached to the map identifies the five known Dutch wrecks - all ships of the VOC - Vereennigde East Indian Compagnie (Dutch East India Company). Further than that there are a distance scale and a compass.

Small framed tile.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

Sieve with apple sauce making attachment (applemoeszeef)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Sieve with green plastic handle and two hooks to hold sieve over bowl. Detachable Y-shaped steel frame apple sauce roller inside sieve, designed to fit over the handle and hook onto rim on opposite side, has turning handle with green wooden knob, a wooden egg-shaped roller, to force apple sauce through sieve, and metal paddle to scrape sauce from sieve. Cooked apple sauce was placed in sieve and pushed through mesh by turning handle to produce the fine apple sauce beloved by the Dutch.

Historical information

Brought by Dutch migrants as part of kitchen apparatus.

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.

Dutch military field uniform

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Dutch military field uniform made from heavy greenish material: (1) short jacket and (2) pants

Historical information

Part of the small collection of uniforms in DAHC's possession. Like most of these uniform this one stems from the 1950-ies. The shoulder insigne indicate a "Genie" division (Engineering Corps).

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Short jacket (brass, insect eye - like button on each collar, St Joris (St George) patch on shoulder straps, "Prins Alexander" on sleeves, Dutch army emblem with "Je Maintiendrai", the Dutch national motto, on left sleeve), marks inside jacket W MvO 1954, Motecht door MITN.

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".

Souvenir Miniature Clog

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

This is actually a miniature sailing ship based on a small wooden clog. The two parchment sails carry heraldic decorations While the top mast also has a small red, white and blue flag. The varnished clog is decorated with a small typically Dutch scene and the word "Holland". "Made in Holland" is printed on the underside.

Historical information

During the 17th century, or the Golden Age, the Dutch Republic was involved in a number of wars at sea. The main goal of the Dutch navy was to protect shipping lanes all over the world and, if need be, to repel a naval invasion of Dutch territory. They also constantly searched for new territories from which to import the spices vital for the preservation of food.

Significance

The Dutch are historically very proud of their seafaring history and honour "heroes" such as Dik Tromp, Piet Hein and Michel de Ruyter. These men were actually as much pirates as anything else and preyed on the treasures brought back from South America by the Spanish and Portuguese.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in Holland

Book - De Joodse Bruid (The Jewish Bride)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 240p. paperback edition of the author's biographical experiences. It mostly describes her extraordinary survival of Hitler's Jew extermination policy.

Significance

Although this book is the biography of a Jewess from Vienna rather than from the Netherlands the author's experiences could have taken place in any of the Nazi-occupied countries. Her tale, however, is extraordinary in the combination of survival skills and luck that enabled her to live through the Jewish persecution of WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

De Joodse Bruid - Edith Hahn Beer met Susan Dworkin. Zij trouwde een Nazi en redde haar leven. (She married a Nazi and saved her life). Original title : The Nazi Officer's Wife Translated by Ineke van Bronswijk ISBN 90 443 0092X

Puzzle Game - Mixed Up

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Rectangular white box with black lid on which information is printed in orange. Inside box is a plastic moulded container holding the various puzzle pieces. Puzzle pieces are made from variety of materials including metal, wood and possibly plastic Some items are missing judging by the diagrams.

Historical information

Example of children's pastimes before the age of TV. Dutch families tended to play boardgames during the long winter nights.

Significance

It was brought to Australia to continue old customs

Inscriptions & Markings

Seven language on top of box all saying "play it anywhere". Images of the various puzzles. The manufacturer logo and name (Jumbo) all featured prominently on side of lid. "Made in Holland by Jumbo, Hausemann & Hoette nv Amsterdam" Has recommended play age of 8 and higher. On sides of lid feature multi-coloured title of the game. Price tag on side of lid shows value of 9.75 The box features on all sides puzzle piece diagrams and also the statement "that the solution can be found in the box" in Dutch, English, German & French. (No solution documentation found in box) On the bottom of the box is another manufacturer's logo (JUMBO) surrounding by the words Spellen-Jeux, Games-Spel, Giochi-Juegos", Spiele-Spil Also repeats Made in Holland

Child-size Wooden Skates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Wooden skates, with brown leather straps. It has a metal strip on the base of the wood, which is necessary for gliding on ice.

Historical information

Skates were and still are widely used in winter time in The Netherlands, when the rivers, canals, creeks, ponds etc. are frozen solid. Paintings out of around 1600-1700 show models of skates very much like the one shown. Even until as recent as 40 years ago, the wooden skates (with steel blade) that are tied to the shoe with leather strap and laces, were widely used in the Netherlands. Even now they are still made in children sizes, because of there flexibility in adjusting to a range of shoe sizes.

Significance

Skating is a tradition which remains popular.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter R for right foot No letter for left foot

Brass Wall Plates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Two heavy round brass wall plates depicting traditional occupations - one of a chairmaker, the other a blacksmith.

Inscriptions & Markings

(a) De Stoelemaaker (the chairmaker) (b) De Smidt (the smith)

Money Purse (Portemonnee)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A black leather purse with partitions for bank notes and coins. There is a stud to close the coin section and a brass clip to close the purse as a whole. One section contains two notes to the value of two and a half guilders; another has 19 coins to the value of 10c each; the main section holds 2 coins worth 1 guilder each, 7 worth 25cents, 3 x 5cent coins and 3 x 1 cent.

Historical information

These purses were common in The Netherlands in the mid-twentieth century but were laid aside in favour of wallets once plastic cards were introduced.

Set of 6 decorative Plates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) to (f) - Six round plates each depicting a different aspect of the dairy industry as it was in the past. Two blue circles decorate the edge of each item.

Historical information

Promotional material for the dairy industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each plate has the word "Zuivelland" below the illustration. A difficult to decipher maker's imprint is on the back of the plates.

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

Skimmer (Indische schuimspaan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Metal and wooden handle, attached to circular mesh scoop.

Significance

Used in Indonesian cookery. Brought to Australia by Dutch or Dutch-Indonesian migrants in the 1950s.

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.

Etching

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

An historic small town scene etched (or possibly printed) on thin metal and subsequently fastened to a plywood backing. The delicately presented scene is said to show the intersection of Old Church Street and the Vliet Canal bridge in Voorburg, as well as a section of wharf. On the canal are one large and two much smaller vessels. A very tall crane-like construction arises from the wharf to the roof of waterside buildings. The people are soberly dressed in possibly 17th or 18th century costumes.

Historical information

The Vliet is a canal in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It starts at the Oude Rijn at Leiden and joins the Delfshavense Schie canal at Delft. Places along its banks include Voorschoten, Leidschendam, Voorburg, The Hague and Rijswijk. The canal was dug in 47 AD under command of Roman general Corbulo, who wished to connect the river Rhine, of which the current Oude Rijn stream in Roman times was the main branch, to the Meuse estuary. It is unclear what the canal's trajectory was beyond the current city of Delft; the Delfshavense Schie canal, which connects Delft to the Nieuwe Maas river was not dug until 1389. In the Middle Ages the Vliet was an important trade link that attracted all kinds of trade, as it flowed through the heart of the County of Holland. Windmills have been constructed alongside the Vliet, including the completely renovated mill 'De salamander' in Leidschendam. The Vliet area was particularly attractive among richer families, who built their mansions along its banks.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse has been written: "Oude Kerkstraat Brug over de Vliet Voorburg". (Old Church Street; Bridge over the Vliet canal; Voorburg). However, research proves that the church is actually the Old Church in Delft, a short distance further down the Vliet Canal.

Commemorative Plate

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Earthenware plate decorated to commemorate the 50year reign of Queen Wilhelmina. Her picture in the centre is surrounded by oranges. Her portrait is surmounted by her coat of arms. Below the portrait are the Dutch and Orange flags and her initial. The plate is designed to be hung.

Historical information

Queen Wilhelmina reigned from her 18th birthday in 1918 until she abdicated in favour of her daughter Juliana 50 years later.

Significance

Such plates would have been readily available in 1948 and an important part of the celebrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wilhelmina 1898 Koningin der Nederlanden 1948. On the back N.V. Koninklijke Plateelbakkerij. Zuid Holland Gouda. Plazuid.

Soup ladle (pollepel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Enamel ladle with red handle and white bowl, handle hooked at one end for hanging

Historical information

Brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s as part of their kitchen utensils

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.

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.

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.

Porcelain storage containers for "Koffie" "Thee" "Suiker" "Peper" and "Zout"

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Set of 5 hexonal shaped porcelain storage containers, each with lid, for the storage and home use of (1,2) "Koffie", (3,4) "Thee", (5,6) "Suiker", (7,8) "Peper" and (9,10) "Zout".

Historical information

According to Dutch tradition this type of sets have normally 3 large containers (coffee, tea and sugar) and sometimes 2 small containers (salt and pepper). During manufacturing of this set, the labels on salt (Zout) and tea (Thee) container were interchanged, crating a A-Typical set with large salt container and a small tea container. Likely ordered from Dutch East Indies and manufactured in China.

Significance

A rare example of an imperfect product surviving to create an historic record.

Inscriptions & Markings

When the glass side of the display case disintegrated and all shelves and items fell down. two lids broke. They are repaired (but the cracks are visible)