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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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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.

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

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Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Medal

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass medal depicting a Joker on one side with names and a date on the other. The medal is suspended from a red and white twisted cord.

Historical information

Dutch migrants from the province of Limburg started a Jokers Club in Melbourne choosing a "Carnival Prins" every year. Hans 2 was chosen in 1987. The custom of partying prior to the start of Lent was very strong in the mainly Catholic Southern provinces - Limburg and Brabant. The custom has lost some of its religious significance and is mainly kept up as a fun event.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back of the medal reads: "Hans 2 1987 Bieëgdje". Made in Italy.

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.

Small tin

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small sweets tin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both tin and lid are well-covered with photographs and inscriptions. The photos are all of people and places in Zeeland. The line "J.B.Diesch" refer to the manufacturer of this well-known butterscotch flavoured sweet.

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).

Silver Serving Spoon and Fork (Zilver Servies)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Both the spoon (1) and fork(2) are beautifully crafted in silver. They are meant as decorative items rather than for practical use. The handles of both items finish with shapes of a lion rampant holding a staff with fleur-de-lys.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both itmes have been much polished and the markings are illegible.

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 - MAX HAVELAAR of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche Handel - Maatschappij. (Max Havelaar or the coffiee auctions of the Dutch Trading Company)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 270p. soft cover book.

Significance

Multatuli was considered the most important Dutch language publication of the 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

This 1958 edition is based on the 1881 edition, the final one edited by the author himself.

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.

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 ℗

(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.

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.

(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).

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.

Serviette Holder

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Pressed metal serviette holder depicting a scene from the Nightwatch on each side.

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.

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)

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).

Small framed tile.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

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.

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 orange tin with lid.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A tall square tin with snug-fitting lid produced to contain 200gram "Dutch hail", a sugary product eaten on Dutch rusks or slices of bread; usually on celebratory occasions. The main colour is orange and it is also richly decorated with scenes recalling the 1945 Liberation.

Historical information

WWII Liberation 50th anniversary

Significance

The Dutch have never forgotten their debt to the Allied forces or the joy of the 1945 liberation.

Inscriptions & Markings

De Ruyter Oranje hagel. Ter gelegenheid van de viering van 50 jaar bevrijding in Nederland 1945-1995 (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the liberation in The Netherlands 1945-1995). There is also a list of ingredients that constitute the hail and other commercial markings.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Drinking Mug (Melk Beker)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A smallish mug used for drinking milk. It is decorated with items celebrating 10 years since the Liberation from German occupation. There is no handle.

Historical information

Liberation Day still looms large in the Dutch consciousness and would have done even more so a mere 10 years after the event. All kinds of commemorative articles were produced.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dutch coat of arms including the words "Je Maintiendrai" (I will overcome) - all in orange. Two flags protrude - seemingly from the lions' paws. The reverse view shows a colourful scene of celebrating children one of of whom is being carried by an Allied Armies soldier. A pennant has the words:"1945 5MEI 1955" in orange. Below the scene are the words "10e BEVRIJDINGSDAG" (10th Liberation Day) in blue.

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.

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.

Small brass jug with spout.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small brass jug patterned with decorative inscriptions.

Copper Vase

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small copper vase inscribed with red decorations.

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"

Balinese Woodcut

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Carved and lacquered wooden image of male and female heads. Each is wearing a highly decorative headdress giving the impression of a special ceremony such as a wedding. The necks of the figures merge into further carving, this time of an abstract theme.

Historical information

Balinese art is art of Hindu-Javanese origin that grew from the work of artisans of the Majapahit Kingdom, with their expansion to Bali in the late 14th century. From the sixteenth until the twentieth centuries, the village of Kamasan, Klungkung (East Bali), was the centre of classical Balinese art. During the first part of the twentieth century, new varieties of Balinese art developed. Since the late twentieth century, Ubud and its neighboring villages established a reputation as the center of Balinese art.

Significance

This is likely a memento of the Dutch/Indonesia era.

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).

Fan

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Small Indonesian fan produced for the 50th anniversary of Tempo Doeloe in Australia. The fan is made in a similar manner to the so-called Wayang dolls and is reminiscent of this aspect of traditional Indonesian culture.

Historical information

A number of these fans were ordered from Indonesia by Lia Kellener, the founder of Tempo Doeloe in Melbourne.

Significance

The item relates to the move of many Dutch to The Netherlands or Australia from post-WWII Dutch East Indies. After a 4year struggle immediately following the ousting of the Japanese in 1945, Indonesia officially gained independence from The Netherlands in 1949.

Inscriptions & Markings

An orange central patch bears the words: Tempo Doeloe 1945-1995 Indonesia - Australia.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Two drinking glasses

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Two matching drinking glasses produced to commemorate the Dutch European Cup victory of 1988.

Inscriptions & Markings

All inscriptions and illustrations are in orange. One side of the glass depicts an heraldic lion with the inscription: "Nederland Kampioen E.K. '88" The other side shows a soccer ball in full flight with below it the results of the various matches played on the way to victory.

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.

Decorative Fork

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Highly decorative silver-coated object in the shape of a four-pronged fork. A sailing ship forms the top of the handle. The handle (or stem) has 2 curlices on each side. The main section depicts a homely interior in which a seated woman plays the harp, a man stands listening and a child sits on the potty. The whole is surrounded by raised vine-like patterning.

Inscriptions & Markings

A very tiny triangle is engraved in the point of the fork at the back.

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.

Miniature Bamboo Rickshaw

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small but faithful bamboo replica of the three-wheeled mode of transport known as a cycle rickshaw. Wire has been used to construct a kind of axle that joins the two pedals via a small bamboo tube below the cycle's crossbar and the seat. Although the pedals can be turned this is not an option for the wheels which are firmly glued.

Historical information

The item most likely originates from the former Dutch East Indies where this mode of transport is still available though now supplemented with auto-rickshaws.

Significance

The item hearkens back to the years of Dutch occupation of what is now Indonesia and the fact that many Dutch lived, worked and felt at home there.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back the rickshaw displays registration number 3947. This seems to have been applied with a stamp pad.

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.

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.