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Presidents Report July 2017

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Dutch clubs in New South Wales.

Dutch Australian Society in Illawarra                        65 years old

Concordia New Castle                                                  60 years old

Rembrandt Dutch Club                                                 39 years old

We had the privilege to be invited on Sunday the 18th of June to Wollongong, “Service of Remembrance and Gratitude “, and what an afternoon it was.

It was a combination of singing, Prayers, a PowerPoint presentation about 65 years Dutch in the Illawarra and thanks giving to all persons past and present that have made this club one of the most

Integrated Dutch Australian clubs in Australia.

Their own choir Pro Musica started the afternoon with the well-known Dutch song the “Zangers Mars “. After a welcome to all, the Dutch and Australian national anthems were sung by all present.

Between some readings by the reverent Gert Felt and Father Ron Peters the choir, assisted by the audience sang “Wilt Heden Nu Treden in Dutch and English.

On a lighter note we than sang all together some of the Old Dutch songs, such as, Kleine café aan de haven, Daar bij die molen, and Tulpen uit Amsterdam.

After a final prayer we all sang the final song “Ere zij God “[Praise the Lord]

Then it was time to cut the birthday cake and this was done by their eldest member, who by the way, was a member of the inaugural committee and still dances the nights away at the age of one hundred and one.

Well done Tiny Zuiderwijk

The idea from father Ron Peters to include in this celebration a thanks giving was a brilliant one and we were very humbled to be part of this as guest of honour together with the Consul General and the mayor of Wollongong.

On behalf of the Federation of Netherland Societies I like to thank and congratulate the organising committee for a special job well done.

P.S. Early next year we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary.

Any ideas?   Any volunteers to organise this? 

Please let us know...

                                             J. Joosten president.

Kitchen July 2017

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We had a ‘gezellige’ dinner night with the klaverjas and billiard players thanks to Gree Langenbergs’ son Theo. He played beautiful soft background music on his piano. Theo also talked to a few card players and I am sure that there were a few stories being told about the good old days. Theo had offered to play at the club when a suitable occasion comes up.                        This was it and it was very much appreciated. Talking to a few card players myself I realised that more and more members are not able to visit the club at night. Mainly because of the driving with bad eye sight. There is a simple solution to this problem. You can play cards during the day. The club is open at 11am. All you need is a group of 4 players. Think about it. Also during the summer holidays except for the public holidays (Boxing day 26 December) the club will be open every Tuesday and Friday 10am – 4pm. Any of these days you can play cards, scrabble or billiards. It is there for YOU make use of it.                                                                     Mia                                                                                                      

Klaverjas July 2017

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Klaverjas Competition

July 9 and September 10


Thank you Theo Langenberg for playing beautiful background music during our dinner night. It was enjoyed by all Klaverjassers and Billiard players.                                                                                          



The world ended in Mango Street

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Press release │ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra June 2017

The Dutch diplomatic mission in Australia proudly support the production of ‘The World Ended on Mango Street’, a documentary about a Dutch woman who spent several years in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia during WWII. The contribution is made through the Shared Cultural Heritage funding program.                                      

The World Ended on Mango Street is a documentary by Australian filmmaker Thomas Watson about his grandmother, Yvonne Holman; a Dutch woman who was imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia for three years and later migrated to Australia. In Australia, Mrs. Holman raised a family of four children but never shared her story with her family, creating an atmosphere of secrecy that deeply affected them. She passed away in 2013.                                                             

It was not until he met French filmmaker Jean-Baptiste Brelière that Watson realised how necessary it was to answer the questions his grandmother left. According to Watson, many children whose parents were the victims of the Japanese concentration camps in Indonesia grew up never knowing what happened, which resulted in a lot of conjecture and suffering. This film is an opportunity to acknowledge that. The film reconnects the Australian family to their Dutch heritage.            

The filmmakers went to the Indonesian Camp Lampersari in Semerang city, where Mrs. Holman was imprisoned, to learn more about her long-kept secrets. They also visited the Netherlands where they interviewed Thomas’ great-uncle Robert, who was imprisoned in a concentration camp for boys called Bangkong. He is Mrs. Holman’s last living family member.       

The documentary shines a light on a dark but important chapter in the shared military and migrant history of Australia, Indonesia and the Netherlands that should not be forgotten. The World Ended on Mango Street will be released in 2017 and screened throughout Australia and in South Korea.                                      

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The place she used to know

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Hi. I have recently released a novel about my mother's migration from Holland to Australia in the 1950's. I thought it might be of interest to your page followers and members. You can read more about it here: (it's available for purchase as an e-book or print version)

I was also recently interviewed on SBS Dutch Radio about the book:

Thanks for reading my message!

Michelle. Resident of Glenmore Park NSW

About The Book Five year old Else lives in a bleak, post-war Europe. Her parents, having survived World War 2, now despair for the future of their family in their country of birth. Posters promising 'The Land of Tomorrow' and a bright future spur them to pack up their meagre possessions and sail across the world. The Place She Used To Know follows Else's journey from the freezing, flat tablelands of Holland, to the unpredictable and often harsh conditions of Australia. Else's story will resonate with post-War migrants and their descendants, giving insight to the fighting spirit required to survive and prosper in a new world.                                                               About The Author The Place She Used to Know is the first novel by author Michelle Grice. Since Michelle was 7 years old, her goal has been to write a book, and her mum's migrant experience seemed a great place to start. Michelle has long been interested in finding out more about what it must have felt like to migrate to a foreign country as a child. She hopes this book will serve as a history lesson of Australia in the late 1950's-early 1960's, and a record of one Dutch family's settlement in a new country.


Birthday July August

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John Battishall; Chris Bulle; Donald Cobcroft;

Cecilia de Rooy; Miriam Docters van Leeuwen;

Elsje Franke;Tony & Flora Fautoeboen;

Gregory Goldsmith; Els Heymans; Lisa Hagarty;

Helena Hulsebosch; Steven Huygen; Roelie Kojic;

Nicholas Joseph; Renate Kohnertz; Tony Kuilder;

Brendan Kop; Suzie Langendijk; Teun Zirkzee;

Hubertus Mallens; Sebastian Meany; Mary Rosa;

Cornelis Merkx; Alida Mortimer; George Pieren;

Geertruida Potter; Richard Rieksen;

Karma Rowe; Jan Schutte; Jenny van Asten;

John van den Giessen; Helmut Weber;

Henrietta van Kuyk; Kitty van Tongeren;

Stephen Weeks; Anthony Dries;



Gonny Aspinall; Jason Bailey; Henry Bavel;                       Bernard Becker; Tonny Beemster; Tony Wolf;                    Rainie Beerens; Rosalie Brown; Ron Charles;                  Harke Cleveringa; Angela den Dulk; Gail Olsen;                    Michael Eijkman; Annemarie Eyndhoven;                           Marlena Grunwald; Edwin Haas; Linda Hayward;                   Luke Heise; Glenda Hofland; Fif Hugenholtz;                      Ewald Klinkenberg; George Knubben;                               Elizabeth Kommer; Henk Kuilder; Craig You;                   Emmy Leermakers;  Ilse Lovering; Patrick Prins;                Reinier Veerman; Wilhelmina Pieren;                              Patricia Rieksen; Thomas Scheerhoorn;                        Peggy Scott; Gail Treuer; Lisa Tienstra;                           Victor Voets; Joop Stoové; Francis Theissen;                     Johan Wewer; Ella van Bavel; Elsa van der Burg;                Riki Veenhuis; Astrid van Leeuwen; Chris van Valkenburg;        Aleida Vandermey; Tony and Freda Wilson-Williams;

UNBELEAVABLE!!!!!! The big 106 Years Johanna Zirkzee 




Presidents Report

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Presidents’ Report   Senior Holidays.                                                                                                                                                    More than thirty years ago the Federation of Netherland Society’s decided to organise what then was called the Senior Holiday Camps for persons from Dutch decent, and subsidised these holidays to a great extend to help the poor elderly of our Dutch community. During these thirty years hundreds of seniors and members of the various Dutch organisations have been able to enjoy these holidays. But times have changed. It is not just the aging of our community but also the financial welfare of today, where people can go on a cruise or an overseas holiday that has contributed to the fact that we now have come to the decision to cancel the holiday due to insufficient numbers.                                                                                                Personally we have been involved in the organising of these holidays for some 17 years now, and I like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved as a volunteer in the last 30 years, but especially the members of our club that have supported us in our 17 years to make this one of the most worthwhile activities of the federation.                              Thank you everybody, it is the end of an era.                                                                                                                                          On another subject about the Federation, if you know of anybody that is in trouble or financial difficulty through no fault of their own, the Federation might be able to help.                                                                                                                                   Just contact me or ring Peter on 9663 3686 and we might be able to help through the Queen Wilhelmina Dutch Australian Benevolent Fund which is there for persons in our Dutch community that really need a helping hand.                                         J. Joosten President.

Kitchen Corner June 2017

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This is the last month of the financial year. That means the yearly paperwork has to go to the auditor soon.                A few people are involved in getting it right, so the auditor does not have to dissolve too many puzzles. As from next month (new financial year) membership renewals can be paid for the coming year; October 2017 – October 2018.            You can send a cheque by snail mail. The address is 87 Dunheved Circuit St Marys NSW 2760.        If you would like to pay by direct debit details are;    Commonwealth 062 597   Account number 1081 9718   Account name Rembrandt Dutch Club  As a reference always use your membership number (M B 321)                                                                                 If you don’t want to damage your magazine by taking out the renewal page, there are copies at the club on the kitchen counter. Last Sunday we had a psychic day.  It was interesting for those whom attended.  Everyone received a souvenir. A card with your birthstone. Maybe just as well not too many people turned up, when all the readings were done it was 5pm. The next Sunday event will be on October 29. A Dutch Braderie with free entertainment for members and their guests.  A few volunteers are needed for that day.  Let me know if you are interested.                                                                                     Next months’ magazine will cover July and August. This person will be away for a break but the news will still get to you.                                         See you all at your club.    Mia


Notice board June 2017

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Message from the Dutch Consulate;

For Lost or stolen Dutch Passport, Visa, Dutch Nationality certificate, certificate of residence, declaration of marital status, Dutch identity card call Sydney 93876644  

For Sale;
Bedroom suite hand painted by Dirk van de Lindt

A slatted double bed and mattress, dressing table, chair and armoire cabinet with internal shelves and 3 drawers. Asking price $350. ONO

Location of furniture is Tuncurry NSW.

Shipment to be arranged by the byer.

For more information email">

Photos are @ the club on the notice board


Happy Birthday June 2017

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Jono Barnes; Jeff Beerens; Louise Carey; Scott Butfield

Roe Bronkhorst; Hilda de Vries; Ali Dullaard;

Dorothea Eggstein; Bobiena Hannessen; Krys Lette;

Rudi Helderman; Catherine Hilberding; Stella Joseph;

Douglas Kerr; Adrie Klymy; Melissa Haarsma;

Jan Kuilder; Pauline Lange; Helene Little; Avrill Lortan;

Ina & Pim Matzer; Bep Mendham; David Taylor;

Antoinette Neijens; Lorraine Newland; Bob Oerlemans;

Josephine Passchier; Jan Noot; Hans Roeleven;

Peter Hamer;Adrian van Asten; Annette van Roden;

Johanna Vels; Jacqueline Wells; Joseph Eijkman;

Terry Sommerville;


Presidents Report May 2017

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The Elvis dinner night. And what a show it was. Organised by our own ShElvis it was one of the most enjoyable nights we have had for a long time. Sheryl opened the night with a brilliant rendition of some of the well-known Elvis songs. While the prawn cocktails where being served, Stuey V entered the stage and got the whole crowd swinging along with his rendition of the Elvis music, but it was not just the music, Stuey could be a reincarnation of Elvis the way he looked and acted. To top this all of, the next performer Mike Tsama brought back memories of Buddy Holly and Johnny O Keefe. So much energy and so many people on the floor, I am still tired from looking at them. Oh, and not to forget the Food. The lady’s in the kitchen had prepared a 5 star, 3 course meal fit for a King. And then came the finale, without any practise all three entertainers performed the American Trilogy and nearly lifted the roof of the building. A night not easy to forget, and I hope we can repeat this sometimes in the future. We received many comments and compliments from first time customers that where so impressed with the friendly service in our club.
Thank you all and Well done.
J. J

Kitchen Corner May 2017

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In my last report it was said; ‘We could have a Braderie’. Well, it is organised. Another Sunday at your favourite club. The entertainment is booked. The Kitchen will be open for coffee and oliebollen. So, if you missed out during the festival this is your chance to enjoy these deep fried fruit-balls. Feel like krokets or a ‘lekker biertje’, it will be there waiting for you. There will be stalls with goods for sale. All proceeds; 100% to go to the club.
Sunday October 29 Braderie at the Rembrandt Club
10am -4 pm Kitchen and bar open. FREE ENTRY.
Entertainment;     Herman (Dutch melodies)     And Sheryl Sharky (ShElvis)
This month we have the ‘Psychic Sunday’. Victor and Amanda will make it a special event.We do our best to come up with different ideas for members and guests to have an enjoyable Sunday, since the dance nights were not so successful anymore and we realise that the main problem amongst our senior members is the driving at night. If any of you out there has an idea let me know and I will talk to the committee to see what can be done about it. Mia


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Gezocht Nederlandse emigranten

MAX Vandaag

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog heerst in Nederland een ware emigratiekoorts. Velen wagen de grote oversteek naar een nieuw land.                                                                        Voor een nieuwe documentaire is Omroep MAX op zoek naar Nederlanders die in de jaren 50 vertrokken naar Australië,


Klaverjas news May 2017

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Klaverjas and Billiard group
Half-yearly dinner
June 23 at 6pm
At your club

Klaverjas Competition May 21

Happy Birthday May 2017

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May Babes
Willemina Adams; Marlena Becker;
Cecil Cain;Mary Beerens; Bert Bronkhorst;
Amanda Voets; Hillie Cleveringa; Frances de Lange;
Rita de Wal; John Deegens; Maria Eijkenboom;
Jan Grabijn; Nettie Fekkes; Johanna Gribble;
Truus Haak; Pieter Hofland; Elsie Hooker;
Benjamin Hunt; Jan Joosten; Jean Kerr;
Engelina Lambregts; Ingrid and Marinus Kole;
Atty Kommer; Jeannette Kop; Bep Langereis;
Riet Mabelis; William Nass; Jan Noordeloos;
Harry Reyden; Adriana Oerlemans; Lucia Reynders;
John Roach; Colin Steele; Bea Turner;
Suzan van der Mast; Eddy van Oosterum;
Frank en Ria van den Nieuwboer; Gina van Dijk;
Finie van Emmerik; Bep van Kouterik;
Kathy van Oeveren; Charles Verheyden;
Lenie Zirkzee; Michelle Anne Zirkzee;
Jacqueline Windle; Kieren Bruce; Paul Christman;
Cornelis Eyndhoven; Michelle Heaslip; Annie Jagt

Klaverjas news April 2017

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Do you know that….

Every Friday

Klaverjas players start their game at 7.30pm

Some have a light meal before they start the game

Some just have coffee or tea.

One lady always enjoys a glass of red.

Sometimes they just love the game so much they play an extra game.

At the end of every month every game-table can win a ‘speculaasje’.

It is not like winning the lottery but it is good fun because it means you scored the highest.

Do you know how to play klaverjas and are looking for 3 more players? Join the club.



Happy Birthday April 2017

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Gerda Aalbrecht; Leonardus Altman;

Sharon Aspinal; Kelly Bailey; Ina van Dam;

Denise Bailey; Anita Bakkers; Charlie Ballas;

Leny Battishall; Annie Bloemendal; Gerard Petra;

Herman Brookhouse; Thornton Brown;

John de Lange; Peter de Vries; James Giddens;

Malcolm Gribble; Henk Haak; Jos Haarsma;

Joshua Ikin; Thea Knubben; Wolfgang Kohnertz;

Els Kommer; Gerard Kuilder; Phillip Wall;

Martijn Lambrechts; Albert Lambregts;

Lowie Lemmerman; Alphons Lette; Ray Oonk;

Bruce O’Brien;Jo-ann Mathyi; Gordon Milner;

Marcel Paquay; Janette Pincott; Tineke Price;

Steven Ripley; Theresa Roebuck; Henny Spee;

Bernard & Gai Schoemaker; Gonnie Terpstra;

Steven Tienstra; Clemens Eijkman;

Wilma van der Waarden; Tonny van Gaalen;

Jacqueline Windle;

Waar zijn wij?

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Rembrandt Dutch Club is in St Marys

87 Dunheved Circuit

Het is een industrie park, dus als je denkt dat je verdwaald bent dan ben je bijna daar.

Calendar 2017

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Event in 2017




 Wednesday May 10 MID-WEEK-LUNCH celebrating King Willem's 50th Birthday



Coffee is ready at 11am

Lunch at 12.30

Book your seat at the club

See Gerda, Leny or Mia


Sunday May 21 Klaverjass competition      






Sunday May 28 Psychic Day. Free entry

Learning about Psychic power

Having your palm read

What’s in the cards for you????

Book a seat at the club 96232569


Friday June 23 at 6pmHalf-yearly dinner for Klaverjas and Billiard players and their partners


Dutch Sri Lanka night Saturday 1st July
Music Hits and Memories of the past by
Roger Menezes (ex Jetliners) and Gordon Rebeira
Dinner: 7pm All You Can Eat $35 per head
For Tickets

Please contact Geoffrey 0425 381 929
Only a few seats left.


Sunday October 8 Choir concert with The Great Western Male Choir. A preview of the upcoming bi-annual concert


The big event of 2017

MCAA FESTIVAL – 13th to 15th October 2017
    Event Location
Wollongong Sports and Entertainment Centre


Sunday October 29 Braderie at the Rembrandt Club
10am -4 pm Kitchen and bar open. FREE ENTRY.

Entertainment;     Herman (Dutch melodies)     

And Sheryl Sharky (ShElvis)


Sunday November 5 AGM at your club


Christmas Dinner with Dutch Connection

Saturday December 16





More midweek lunches in  October and December

You don't have to be a senior to enjoy the lunch.

Children are welcome too, under supervision of an adult.



Klaverjas competition Sunday September 11 and November 13

During these competition days the shop is also open to the public.



Sinterklaas party for the young ones. Please see the Sinterklaas page.

There is no age limit for persons attending this event, however, only children that are registered can enter the premises for this event.


Join our group of volunteers.

We can do it, but only, if we do it all together.


- For any event. Always book early. Or be disappointed.

For bookings please call 96232569 and speak to Leny Gerda or Mia.

Any changes to dates and/or entry fees are entirely up to the committee.Information for members and their guest



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