Federation of Netherlands Societies Ltd 50th anniversary story.

Already in the early nineteen fifties, regular meetings were held by representatives of various Dutch clubs at the house of the consul general to come to a kind of umbrella organisation which could deal at government level.

In1959 a first attempt was made to form a federation, but this was not very success full. It was not until the first of November 1967 that the Federation of Netherland societies was incorporated under the company’s act 1961 as a company by guarantee.

The articles of association were signed by the following clubs;  Dutch Sunrise Choir (J v d Bosch, A. Scheerhoorn)

Dutch Folk dancing Association (T. Zirkzee, H. A. Zirkzee)

Netherlands Society in Sydney (A. F. Kool, R. van den Dobbelsteen)

Sydney Austral Ltd (G. C. O. Bealaerts, W. J. C. Vierboom)

The Carnival Society “The Boomerangs” (H. G. J. Schols, T. J. Vandermeel)

The Netherlands Society Bankstown (J. M. Cras, P. van Weelderen)

The Netherlands Society in the Sutherland Shire (F.Bangert, J.Logeman)

None of the inaugural societies are still in existence. The federation’s membership today stands at some 20 organizations.

The first elected chairman was Mr. Anton Kool.

In the early years the Federation organized some football matches between the clubs and tried to arrange a Federation agenda to prevent Clubs working in competition. The Federation began organizing “Orange Day’ parties in the City. And there were some St. Nick meetings. One at least when St Nick arrived by boat and rode his white horse to the Townhall for community celebration.

In 1970 The Netherlands Navy visited Sydney for the first time and came back in 1973 for the opening of the opera house. The Federation arranged several functions for the crew and most clubs invited crew members to their dance nights.

In 1971 The Sutherland Society began the first meetings to form a committee to build a village for the Aged.  A. F. Kool was invited to join the committee to make sure that the clubs worked together. The Village would become “Juliana Village” which was opened in 1980.

In the mid nineteen seventies the federation started some Instuif Groups or coffee mornings in different parts of the city. These groups are run by volunteers who invite their fellow countrymen into their home for a coffee and a shat.

In 1976 A group of volunteers was formed to produce radio programmes for 2EA (Ethnic Australia) The group received assistance from the Federation with buying some equipment. The group was requested to report their actions to the Federation in order to give the clubs information on the progress of the group within the Australian Government Rules. In later years when the Radio became part of the SBS, representatives of the Federation were always asked to be part of selection committees when the radio group had to be restructured.

In 1978 The Australian government threatened to cancel the landing rights of KLM in Sydney and thanks to the actions of the Federation and its affiliated organizations the government changed their mind.

In 1981 at the initiative of the then Secretary Mr. Henk v.d. Weide the Federation created a special committee to arrange and operate a Festival. To be held on the last full weekend in February and called it “The N.S.W.HOLLAND FESTIVAL”. This committee operated completely independently, but the Federation had a representative on that committee. In 1984 a trade fair was added .The HF Committee also organized a Charity Queen Quest. The Federation created a special fund (The Netherlands Societies Benevolent Fund LTD) to receive the income from the quest. This to keep the finances completely separate from the day to day business of the Federation. The HF became a very successful annual event until 1997. From the first HF until the last SBS radio was present and broadcast life from the Holland Festival.

In 1985 The Federation formed a committee to study the need for a second Village for the aged. This resulted in the Opening of Abel Tasman Village in 1994. Loans provided by the The Netherlands Federation Benevolent Fund were of great assistance during the very difficult financial arrangements necessary to build the village. These loans have all been paid back.

In November 1987 the Federation began organizing Holidays for the elderly. It took place in holiday accommodation and was run by volunteers. In the first eighteen years two separate holidays were held to accommodate all the people. By 2005 it had reduced to one week. The cost per person was deliberately kept low for this not to be a hindrance. The Federation through the QWDABF supported the holidays financially. Sadly due to natural attrition these holidays had to be cancelled last year.

In 1988 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visited Australia. The Federation was involved in preparation for the visit, and the Holland Festival committee organized a second Festival in November especially for that occasion. The Queen visited that festival and was greeted by thousands of people from Dutch background.

In 1995 in remembrance of the end of the Second World War a street party was organized. White bread and tulip bulbs were handed out. The party was attended by representative of the American, Canadian and Dutch Embassies. The band from the University of NSW regiment made the party a great success.

In 1996 The Federation assisted in organizing CACP packages reserved for people of Dutch background.    After some years of operation the management of the CACP was combined with that of Abel Tasman Village. About this time also it was realised that the Netherlands Societies Benevolent Fund should be combined with the much older separate operating Queen Wilhelmina Benevolent Fund.  The New Fund was named Queen Wilhelmina Dutch-Australian Benevolent Fund and still operates as an independent Fund through the Federation.


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Jef Neve (piano) and Dutch trumpet talent Teus Nobel: upcoming tour of East Coast of Australia

Dear all, dear friends of The Netherlands in Australia,

I am Pieter Kindt, manager of Jef Neve, Belgian pianist, and I’m contacting you to ask if you can assist us with the promotion of our upcoming Australia tour in June:

„Neve – Nobel”, Jef Neve (piano) and Dutch trumpet talent Teus Nobel, in a stunning duo performance all along Australia. And they kick off with at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival!

Of course, it would be lovely to see that all of the venues that are booked are filled, so please, feel free to come over to the concerts, invite friends, spread the message, ask for interviews or quotes, etc…

here’s the link to the youtube-channel with 5 songs of this beautiful duo, feel free to share those video’s too:

-And last, here’s the links to all the venues and their ticketing websites, so you can book directly!

-Melbourne International Jazz Festival (6 juni): https://www.melbournejazz.com/program/2019/jef-neve/

-Bungendore (June 7th and 8th): https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=460851&

-Newcastle (June 12th ): https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=482453&

-Sydney (June 13th):  https://foundry616.com.au/whats-on-tickets/

-Brisbane (June 15th ): https://www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au

Thank you so much in advance for mailing, posting, sharing, liking, etc.. and hopefully until soon, in one of the venues Downunder!

If you provide an email address, I can send our e-flyer, to share on social media too.

Warm regards,


Pieter’s email address is pieter@silverbyrd.com


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Holland Hub – Newsletter 42 – November 2018

The Netherlands blazing its trail through the blockchain scene

DIF invests in Australian waste-to-energy facility

Building cycling cities: Going Dutch around the world

Sydney is Australia’s most sustainable city

Lynxx Operations Performance System for Sydney ferries

Based in the Netherlands, Lynxx, an Amersfoort headquartered analytics company which opened its Asia-Pacific branch in Sydney in 2017, was awarded ‘runner up’ in the Excellence in Moving People category at the recent 2018 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia Awards for Excellence. The company got this award for its new analytics platform deployment in Sydney.
Lynxx’s new analytics platform, called OPS (Operations Performance System), precisely measures the operational KPI (Key Performance Indicator) results of Sydney ferries. OPS tracks and predicts every vessel’s arrival and departure at every wharf with near-perfect accuracy.
The Harbour City Ferries control room now has a much more accurate view of their operations and how they’re performing against customer expectations. The project involved connecting radio frequency vessel location data to vessel schedules in real-time, accounting for all the possible variations in operations. A very tangible demonstration of how harnessing the power of big data analytics can deliver better operational and customer outcomes

The Global Entrepreneurs Summit comes to the Netherlands in 2019

Shell funded collaboration with KT Maritime Services Australia and Atlas Professionals
9 July 2018 – 1 December 2020
Advanced Standing Deck Cadet David Oxenham is currently on board the 750 PoB semi-submersible accommodation vessel ‘POSH Arcadia’, north-east of Broome, Western Australia, which provides vital accommodation for Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility.
The POSH Arcadia crew has welcomed David on board and is committed to assisting Australian Indigenous seafarers like David gain vital operational Deck Watchkeeper experience. POSH Arcadia is a DP3 accommodation vessel joined by gangway to the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility which once operating, will extract, liquefy and store gas at sea, before offloading it for export around the globe.
At 22 years old, David, a Malgana man from the Yamatji Nation began his offshore career fishing at the Montebello Islands and has been working on or near the ocean ever since. Thus far on board POSH Arcadia, David has been familiarising himself with the bridge equipment and gaining an understanding of the different deck roles and responsibilities of the deck team in simulated emergency situations. Atlas Captain Mick has been impressed with David’s positive and enthusiastic start to the understudy program and how David has quickly fitted in with the ASV Bridge Team.

Malcolm McDowall – CEO Australia Pacific Arcadis
Dutch company Arcadis announced that Malcolm McDowall was appointed CEO of its Australia Pacific business. McDowall takes over from Greg Steele, who was recently announced as Group Executive – Asia Pacific, at Arcadis.
McDowall has been with Arcadis for over 18 years, holding various leadership positions including Managing Director – Environment, Advisory and Assurance, and Managing Director – Buildings and Urban Development. Greg Steele, Executive Director – Asia Pacific, Arcadis: “I am very pleased to announce Malcolm as the new CEO. He is the right person to take Arcadis forward in Australia. Not only is Malcolm a great people leader but also a great business leader. The parts of the business that he has run in recent times have performed exceptionally well.”
“It’s a great privilege to be appointed the Australia Pacific CEO for Arcadis and to lead a strong company with fantastic people. It’s a very interesting time in the industry, with the way we plan, design and build cities rapidly changing. I look forward to helping Arcadis meet this challenge and continue our strong growth in Australia Pacific,” McDowall said.


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Where abouts of ” Antonius Nicolaas Johannes HEINTJES”

From: Jasper van der Schoot <vanderschoot@planet.nl>
Subject: Heintjes, Antonius

Message Body:
Geachte heer,
Ik ben op zoek naar de datum/jaar/ en plaats van overlijden van Antonius Nicolaas Johannes HEINTJES, geboren op 1-9-1919 in Rotterdam, geëmigreerd naar Australie, aankomst 22-10-54 in Brisbane met de boot Johan van Oldenbarneveld, gehuwd met
Catharina Gerardina Haren, geboren in Cuijk. Indien u over een aankondiging van zijn overlijden beschikt, zou ik daar zo mogelijk  ook graag een kopie van ontvangen.
Bij voorbaat veel dank voor uw medewerking!
Met vriendelijke groeten,
Jasper van der Schoot
Hazeloop 8
5511 PK Knegsel


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Dutch Football (soccer) in Australia

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre is looking for any information on Netherlands immigrants playing football (soccer) in Australia when they first arrived and subsequent years.


The information they are looking for a programmes, tickets, formation of teams, results (if any), club officials, referees, linesmen and any involvement with the Football Federation of Australia.


Please contact Paul Breedveld via email Plsbreedveld@hotmail.com or use the contact page from the Federation WEB site.

Thank you for your assistance


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Dutch Australian Weekly

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre is archiving these newspapers and they are for the following first 3 copies from:

  •  5th of October 1951
  • 12th of October 1951
  • 19th of October 1951

Please contact Paul Breedveld via email on PLSbreedveld@hotmail.com or use the contact page from the WEB site.


Thank you for your assistance


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Federation of Netherlands Societies Ltd – Boards meetings

Federation of Netherlands Societies Limited

Board Meeting General Meeting Revised Date
23rd of February 2019 23rd of February 2019 16th of February 2019
11th of May 2019 25th of May 2019
17th of August 2019 31st of August 2019
12th of October 2019 26th of October 2019 Annual

All meetings will commence at 2pm



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Anton Kool Award History




Year Name Nominated b7 Notes (updated Jan 2015
1987 Jan Herder CDMA Sydney (1) Founding President of the CDMA
1988 Theo Boelhouwer Dutch Folkdancing Group (1)
1989 Piet Smit Neerlandia (1)
1990 Willy Geytenbeek QWBF (1), Instuif, co-ordinator Federation, Social Welfare,Instuif Org
1991 Huub Vervoort DASI Wollongong (1) Dutch Welfare
1992 Ada Degenfeld Dutch Uniting Church (1)
1993 Bep Boersma Rembrandt Club (1), Instuif Group Club founding member,Social Welfare
1994 Frans Veringa CDMA Sydney (2) President and Kompas Editor
1995 Social Welfare Committee Illawarra Region Social Welfare Activities
1996 Corrie Lensink Neerlandia (2) Many committee roles
1996 Henk Schaaps DASI Wollongong (2)& Neerlandia Secretary and Committees
1997 Wim Engelbrecht Abel Tasman Village (1) Original Board Member
1998 Vina van Ede DASI Wollongong (3) Stuw Editor and Committees
1999 Joe and Dick Masaar Juliana Village Secretary, Board, Social Welfare
2000 Ploni van Es CDMA Sydney (3) Board, Years of Visitations
2000 Jan Mees Concordia, DACC Volunteer and Committees
2000 Richard Verhoeve DASI Wollongong (4) Board member
2001 Jan Joosten Rembrandt Club (2) President, organiser
2001 Wilhelmina van der Ven Dutch Uniting Church (2) Volunteer
2001 Pierre Hanssen Concordia Choir Director Musical Director
2002 Sjoerd Rasker ATV Volunteer, Rembrandt Club Hard Working Volunteer
2003 John M Pronk DASI Wollongong (5) Committee and Choir
2004 Irene Newton NSW Klaverjas Federation (1) Years of Service
2005 Bernie van Twist Juliana Village Library at Juliana Village
2006 Leo Boers CDMA Wollongong (1) Many Years ad CDMA President
2007 Bas van Dongen NSW Klaverjas Federation (2) Chairman and committees
2008 Louis Leermaker Abel Tasman Village (2) Board Member
2009 Gerard Visser CDMA Sydney (4) Many Years as Treasurer
2010 Wijbrand Bruinsma Dutch Folkdancing Group (2) Co-ordinator
2011 Kees Prins DASI Wollongong (6) Many Years as Secretary
2012 Jan Bareman Abel Tasman Village (3) Volunteer Financial Services
2013 Bert Gijzen QWDABF (2), ATV (4)
2014 Henny Spee Neerlandia (3), CDMA Sydney (5) CDMA & Neerlandia Secretary ,Editor
2015 Cor Merckx NSW Klaverjas Federation (3) 30 years of Service
2016 Jo-Ann Rasker Abel Tasman Village (4) 20 years as dedicated volunteer
2017 Joop de Wit Concordia Dutch Club 0ver 40 years of Service Secretary
2018 Sr Lia van Haren Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Archiving the DACC material received



N.S.W. Klaverjas Federatie

Hallo Klaverjas vrienden,

Alweer een toernooi afgewerkt, naamlijk “Spring tournament” in de Hornsby R.S.L.-Club en met een opkomst van maar 49 spelers was het toch ook weer gezellig, en als we dit zo kunnen houden, de gezelligheid bedoel ik natuurlijk, ben ik ook tevreden, maar verwacht toch zeer zeker volgende maand het “Kommer tournament” een grotere opkomst, dit dan word gehouden in de Rembrandt-Club St.Marys.

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