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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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Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

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)

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.

Imitation smoothing Iron (Strijkijzer)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass smoothing iron most likely produced for the souvenir industry. The original would have held coal or charcoal. The lid can be lifted and there are openings to allow smoke to escape. The lid can be fastened to the main body with a hook. .

Historical information

In their original form these smoothing irons were filled with hot coal or charcoal and used to remove creases from garments.

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.

Round tin with lid

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Round tin with lid decorated with 6 colourful pictures on both lid and tin. On the tin these pictures are also named. The tin is empty but once contained sweets. It was likely a promotional item by the firm Wolters-Noordhof. Noordhoff is a large educational publisher in The Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wolters-Noordhof © is printed on the underside of the tin. Also ALLEGRO, Gouderak ℗

Sand, Soap and Soda Rack

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Commemorative Tile

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Rectangular tile depicting a leafy tree loaded with oranges. Under it are four young people - two male and two female. The main colours are green on a greyish background. Orange accents appear throughout the clothing.

Historical information

Princess Juliana and Prince Bernard married in 1937 prior to the Princess becoming Queen in 1948.

Significance

The fact that this item was brought to Australia with a migrant family indicates the affection in which the Royal Family was held by many Dutch people.

Inscriptions & Markings

An orange banner reads 1937-1962. Below the illustration is the motto: "Doen kunnen we alles maar dan ook alleen allen samen." (We can do everything but only together). On the back are various imprints relating to the maker Mosa Holland.

Copper collection tin

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Oval tin, copper with soldered sides and half lid. D-shaped handle at one end.

Historical information

These tins were used to take up collection of money from the public by the operators of street organs. These wheeled mechanical organs used to be trundled around the streets of the Netherlands stopping at intervals to grind out some tunes.

Significance

Brought out to Australia by Dutch migrants as a reminder of their heritage.

Framed Embroidery of Dutch Coat of Arms

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Beaded Purse (Kralen beursje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small oblong beaded and lined purse with engraved silver clasp and fine chain. The backgrond beads are black. A central flower image in red, blue, pink, white and green is bordered by running patterns in gold. The lower edge has small loops of black and gold beads.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Commemorative Plate

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A common ceramic plate, originally white but painted over as a tribute to those who fell defending their country against the Nazi invasion on May 10, 1940. A handmade wire hanging is twisted around the plate.

Historical information

This plate was obviously created to honour those who were killed defending their country at the time of the invasion - May 10, 1940. The maker appears to have taken an ordinary plate and painted it him or herself.

Significance

This is a rate item as it was produced during the war in contrast to the many plates and other items to commemorate the Liberation in May 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aan Hen Die Vielen Voor Hun Vaderland (To those Who Fell For Their Country). 10 Mei 1940. The centre of the plate is handpainted and shows a Dutch flag, a lion rampant and two military graves. On the back is the makers's symbol (a resting lion), the manufacturer's name and Maastricht 1941. Also Made in Holland.

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.

Serving Tray (Dienblad)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

white and blue plastic tray decorated with typically Dutch symbols, including clogs, a windmill, tulips.

Historical information

Most likely made for the tourist market.

Significance

It shows the stereotypes associated with the Netherlands and how they are perceived by foreigners.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Dutch Tile (Tegel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small square tile in the blue and white Delft style. Depicted are a horse rampant, the Hengelo shield and the words "1958 Herrezen".

Historical information

The area of Twente in Overijssel which includes Hengelo was badly bombed during WWII because of its textile industries. After 1945 it took some years to restore the town and a celebration was held upon completion in 1958.

Significance

The item was added to the collection by Tony Nijhuis who lived in Hengelo.

Inscriptions & Markings

1958 "Hengelo Herrezen"

Set of 3 Kitchen Canisters

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

5874 (a,b,c,d,e,f) Three (3) near-identical lidded enamelled steel cylindrical canisters, green on the outside and white on the inside. The lids are of black bakelite.

Historical information

Ulft consists of three hamlets: Ulft, Oer and De Pol. Oer is the northern part of Ulft and is called Oer because of the iron in the earth, which is called IJzeroer in Dutch. The DRU, an iron foundry, was located in Ulft. DRU moved to Duiven in 1999 and may be found at the Rijksweg A12. The Ulft site is still called "De Smeltkroes", a reference to the historic foundry, but is being converted to residential accommodation on top of a shopping centrum.

Significance

Such sets of 3 canisters (coffee, tea and sugar) were commonly to be found on a shelf in Dutch kitchens.

Inscriptions & Markings

KOFFIE, THEE, SUIKER (coffee, tea, sugar)

Leesplankje (Reading Board)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Printed collection of pictures and words pasted on a board. The words and pictures indicated this edition of "Het Leesplankje" was used in the dutch East Indies. Among the illustrations are a man dressed for the tropics, a large colonial house surrounded by tropical plants and a coloured young woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each word contains a Dutch diphthong.

Framed Portrait of Queen Beatrix

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A rectangular glass covered printed image of Queen Beatrix in a wooden frame.

Historical information

Queen Beatrix came to the Dutch throne upon the abdication of her mother Queen Juliana of the House of Orange-Nassau on April 30, 1980. She herself abdicated on April 30, 2013 in favour of her eldest son Prince Willem Alexander or Prince of Orange.

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.

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

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.

Ceramic commemorative platter of ascenscion to throne of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

White platter. Around the rim: at top, Beatrix Regina; underneath: Troonbestijging (ascension) 30 April 1980. Dutch royal coat of arms with motto 'Je maintendrai' (I shall perservere)

Significance

Commissioned in Australia, this platter illustrates the continued affection of Dutch migrants for the Dutch royal family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse, logo HP 8076 Commisioned by H. van Hoek to Hallam Pottery Handmade and handpainted by Gerard Albers

Book - Collection of 18th century prints - Hollands Arcadia of de vermaarde Rivier Den Amstel - (Hollands's Arcadia or the famous Amstel river)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A soft cover reproduction on poor quality paper of a collection of illustrations first published in 1791. They were of the luxurious homes along the river Amstel owned by wealthy traders.

Decorative Plate (Sierbord)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Round plate with orange crown in centre. The crown is surrounded with the inscription Beatrix Wihelmina Armgard 31 Jan.1938. Around that are orange apples and green leaves. The outside of the plate is outlined with an orange border.

Significance

The Dutch are generally content with their Royal family and usually celebrate the birth of a new member of the ruling family. Beatrix was Queen Wilhelmina's first grandchild and destined to succeed the Queen's daughter and her mother Crown Princess Juliana. This is exactly what happened and Beatrix's own eldest child is the current (2018) King Willem Alexander. It was not unusual to present members of the populace with a commemorative item such as this plate.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back are the words "Geschonken door de Gemeente Nijmegen ter Gelegenheid van Prinsesjes Geboorte". (Presented by the municipality of Nijmegen on the occasion of the princess' birth).

Cigar Box

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Inscriptions & Markings

Schimmelpenninck

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

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

Souvenir Miniature Clogs

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

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

Delft tile illustrating the castle at Helmond - Kasteel Helmond

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Square ceramic tile depicting Helmond castle. The illustration is in Delft blue and the tile is framed in dark brown wood.

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).

Small brass jug with spout.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small brass jug patterned with decorative inscriptions.

Toilet Brush Holder

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

White enamelled metal cylindrical toilet brush holder. An upright projection has a hole for optional hanging of the object.

Historical information

This item is from the pre-plastic days and would have contained a brush made from natural bristles.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLOSET BORSTEL (Toilet Brush) in black paint.

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

Small metal ornament

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small brass-coloured ornament from the former Dutch East Indies. It depicts a team of two bullocks drawing a plough. The farmer is seated on the plough and swinging a whip.

Historical information

Very likely a souvenir brought back from the former Dutch East-Indies.

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 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".

Board game (bordspel) - Super Pim Pam Pet

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Rectangular box containing blue plastic insert. Counters, cards, wheel, other game elements.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid, illustrations of game contents. On left lower corner, 1978 by Hausemann & Hotte NV under Berne Universal Copyright Conventions. Lower right corner, red elephant Jumbo. Bottom of box gives instructions for game in 7 languages.

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.

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.

Public Warning Sign (Verboden Toegang)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small rectangular plastic sign forbidding entry.

Historical information

This is a common sign in The Netherlands were the British "Right of Way" for walkers does not exist.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verboden Toegang. Art.461. Wetb. v. Strafr. (Non-abbreviated text would read Artikel 461 Wetboek van Strafrecht) In English: Access denied; punishable by article 461 of the penal code.

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.

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

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

Nest of four enamel bowls (vier bijpassende emaille schaaltjes)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

4219 (a), (b), (c) and (d) Shallow cream enamel bowls with green rim, straight stepped edge indented above curved section

Historical information

Brought to Australia by Dutch migrants as part of kitchen apparatus

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.

Small framed tile.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

Child's Petticoat

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Petticoat to be worn under child's white First Communion dress, made of white parachute silk sewn in extremely tiny stitches by machine and hand. French seams are used for the sides and shoulders; the hem is handsewn. The garment is fastened at the neck with a narrow white satin ribbon.

Historical information

This petticoat dress was sewn by Mrs. van den Heuvel and her friend M/s Jos Tersteeg for Marjo van den Heuvel to wear under a white dress on the occasion of her cousin Peter Beeker's First Holy Communion.

Significance

The material was obtained from one of the many parachutes that became available during the Allied offensive of 1944/45. This material was very welcome after the deprivations suffered during the 5 year German occupation.

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

Enamel dishwashing bowl (afwasteiltje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Oval, two handles either end, green outside decorated around circumference with three gilded lines, white inside. Signs of wear and tear, including rust hole

Historical information

Made in 1940s and brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s. Typical Dutch household item of 1940s and 1950s.

Significance

Washing up was usually done in a bowl such as this, not in a sink. An expression of Dutch domestic culture.