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Presidents Report April 2018

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Festival 2018.

  You cannot always break records and this time we certainly did not break   any records, as our visiting numbers were well down on last year, our biggest year, but what this festival has undoubtable proved is that our club cannot exist anymore without the income of the festival.                                                  Before we even started too many things went wrong, while we were setting up the air-conditioning in the choir room broke down, at the same time our lawn mower gave up and then the cash register with the scanner in the shop did not want to work anymore.                                                                                 Than on Saturday all toilets were blocked, as we had once before, and again this time it was some foreign objects that somebody had put in. It took quite a while to get a plumber out on the weekend and more importantly this is not cheap. To get all these problems fixed we are looking at a minimum of $ 5,000. which we would not be able to pay for if we did not have the income of the festival.                                                                                                    Thanks to a group of very dedicated volunteers we have been able to pull it off again, but as I said last year, we could do with a few more volunteers, which by the way did not happen, I dare say now, if we cannot get some more volunteers it will not happen, it is getting to much for quite a few of us.    The only way we can continue is, if all of our members start looking and talking to the younger generation to give us a hand once a year on the last weekend in March.

May I take this opportunity to thank all volunteers that have been able to help us out in any way at all, before during and after, your contribution is of immense value to us and we cannot do this anymore without you.

THANK YOU         J. Joosten. Pres.

                     Sunday 8 April; at 12 noon.                                                          Thank you - Festival - Volunteers get-together                                                                                         For catering purpose; please confirm your attendance not later than Friday April 6                                         

Kitchen Corner April 2018

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April doet wat hij wil. (April does what he wants)That is a Dutch saying.

We can expect stormy weather this month. 


Lucky the Festival is now behind us. We survived the rain and wind.

Sorry for the kids’ ride, that was the only thing without a cover. We are already working on a plan for next year. We are also open for new ideas.

For now it is on with the usual program. Midweek luncheons, Shri Lanka nights and Christmas in July with Shelvis. For the last two mentioned the rule goes; not pre-paid means no ticket.

One of our members gave me her not used books of Christmas stamps. She mentioned that a lot of her Christmas contacts were no more and she does buy new stamps every year. What a great gift. Through this way I am asking all members; if you have non used postage stamps somewhere in your draw, why not gift them to the club. We use them for mailing the magazine. The cost now is $12. Per year per book, not including the printing. So, every dollar helps.                       See you all in the kitchen           Mia

Happy Birthday April 2018

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Gerda Aalbrecht, Leonardus Altman,  Sharon Aspinal, Kelly Bailey,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,  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,                                      Henny Spee, Jacqueline Windle, Bernard & Gai Schoemaker,                                     Gonnie Terpstra, Steven Tienstra, Clemens Eijkman, Wilma van der Waarden, Tonny van Gaalen,



Presidents Report March 2018

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Presidents report March 2018.

Last Saturday the 24th of February our club hosted the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Netherlands Societies.                                       Some 90 community leaders from Sydney, Wollongong and as far away as Newcastle joined us for a very pleasant afternoon.                                      For this occasion we engaged an outside caterer and the food was exceptional good.                                                                                        

To our surprise the new Consul General Mr. Frank van Beuningen, who arrived in Sydney just two weeks ago, graced us with his presence.             He was very interested to meet all the different people from such a diverse group of Dutch organisations and he complimented us that we had something very special going on in our club, when our oldest member Mrs Johanna Zirkzee (106) was asked to cut the cake, accompanied by her great grandchild Elly (8month) old.                          For the occasion we had prepared some memorabilia, such as trophies, old photos etc. from years ago and it was good to see what the Federation has achieved over the 50 years with hard work from all the affiliated clubs.         

On a different note, we have our festival coming up and if we want to make it a success we really need some more volunteers.                                            So please, let us know if you or your kids, grand kids, friends or anybody else who can spare some time to help us out.

VOLUNTEER INFO DAY IS ON                                                          SATURDAY THE 3 RD OF MARCH AT 3.00PM, THANK YOU

J. Joosten president


Kitchen Corner March 2018

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Kitchen Corner                                                      

        The month of February has ended with a huge celebration;                   50 years of the Federation of Netherland Societies.                           And what is the connection with the Rembrandt Club you ask.

The Rembrandt Dutch Club is only one of many groups/clubs connected to the Federation. Over the years there were close to 30 of them.

            One very well-known was the Senior Holiday.                                    Sponsored by the Federation it served many Dutchies with a great time and typical Dutch food.                                                                          There are still a couple of instuif groups going, they started off as coffee mornings. Way back in the late 70’s I had a group of ‘oldies’ from the Liverpool area visit my home in Hoxtonpark. I also had a toddler son and that was a great addition to the entertainment. My toddler is now 43.

Through the coffee morning I met this high school boy looking for work after school, so he could afford some music lessons. He worked for us for some time. After many years we met again at the Abel Tasman Village.

Georgy was the caretaker, and still is involved with music.                Although his hair has coloured to match ours, he still is Georgy to us.

          This weekend is the big Garage Sale and afterwards the Festival Volunteers meeting. Hope to see many of you there, and thanks to the volunteers that made a commitment and wrote their name down in black and white. We have entertainment as well. Let this be a surprise..

         It is going to be a very busy few weeks, but we like to be busy.

We need to occupy our brains and get plenty exercise, so I even took up gardening. Sometimes I even get some fresh vegies out of this, but so far not enough to fill the freezer. We are joking about a street stall to sell the vegies. No need for this just yet. Bahahahaha                                               On a different note, there are some more donations for the Festival raffle. Keep them coming…….                                                  

See you all at the club, whether it be the shop or the kitchen counter, whether you play scrabble, klaverjas, billiard, or practice your voice in the choir room, we need everybody to participate in something and spend some money to keep the place going.

                              Tot ziens                Mia

Happy Birthday March 2018

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Paulus Breedveld; Anna Beugeling; Bob Griffiths; Wietske Bruisma; Gerard Daley; Nel de Bruyn;

Nancy Farlow; Kees van der Voort; Jan Giles;

Gil Kommer; Justin Salgado; Peter Mathyi;

Theo Langenberg; Johanna Louwen; Gloria Short;

Bep Maasland; Angela Maganic; Bernadine Mathyi; Frank Pellaers; Hedi Roggeveen; Marlene Turnbull;  Anna Pennings; Theo & Nellie Schaaf; Ray Skarsky; Robin Steele; Cornelia Sondemeyer; Petronella van Os; Riet Koppelhouber; Stuart Brown; Maree Wolthers; Hans van der Jagt; Joseph Jagt; Jannie Kuilder;

Sharon Klinkenberg; Leanne Gray; Alek van der Heg;

Gemma Verbeek;     

A special mention Bernardus Kruize                                  

Celebrating the big 100

Notice board March 2008

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Press release                                 

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra 22 February 2018


New Consul-General of the Netherlands to Australia


We are pleased to welcome Frank van Beuningen

The new Consul-General of the Netherlands in Sydney, to Australia


Frank arrived in Sydney earlier this month.                                                              Before his posting Down Under, he worked as a diplomat on special ssignments and had several postings, among others in Afghanistan, Germany, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe. Besides working on economic diplomacy and trade promotion, Frank has dealt extensively with security policy, counter-terrorism and human rights issues.


In the Netherlands Frank was the co-founder and later director (1998 – 2002) of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, a think tank that advises the Dutch government on a regular basis on all aspects of foreign and security policy.           He has a degree in international affairs from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.                                                                                                                       Frank is married to Jennie and together they have two adult children.

After having been in Sydney for nearly two weeks, Frank says “he feels like a dog with two tails”. He states: “I am looking forward to working with the team on the optimising of consular services and the potential for Dutch companies to partner with Australian counterparts to achieve sustainable trade and investment for both our countries. I cannot wait to get to know the Dutch community.                                I am very interested in its history”.

We wish Frank and his family a great time in Australia and look forward to working with him!


Contact details:

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney:

More information can be found here:





Presidents Report February 2018

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Presidents report February 2018.

Our 40th anniversary celebration was a well-attended day and so far we only have been receiving good reports about a very well organised Sunday afternoon.                                                                       To be able to get a full house again is great and it makes me think that the time of the day might have made the big difference.                                                                                                                             Maybe we should start looking in future at organising more events during the day time rather than at night, it might be worthwhile looking into this so please let your committee know what your view is about this.                                                                                                                                                              We also have had an offer from one of our members to organise a different event on a Sunday afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                       Lowie Lemmerman has offered to be the D.J. on a Sunday afternoon and play his old records from the 40th, 50th and 60th for a sing along of the Old Dutch songs. Liedjes uit de kinder Jaren: This could be a very interesting afternoon, but we need people, so please book with Mia, Leny or Gerda for Sunday the 15th of April.

J. Joosten


Kitchen Corner February 2018

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Kitchen Corner                                                      

The first month of the year has gone already.

We went to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to admire many works from different painters. Some we had never heard of and some well-known ones. It was a delight to see that there was so much interest in this. We made use of the opportunity to take our overseas visitors to the Opera House and the Quay.

The Harbour Bridge was occupied with many climbers.                             Sydney is without doubt the most beautiful place in the world.                 And now back to St Marys and our Rembrandt Dutch Club.                      40 years was celebrated with many members. The atmosphere was tops and the music made it ‘gezellig’. 

There were a few Limburgers in the hall and yes, they had to sing a few of their favourite songs.

The volunteers on the day worked like slaves and were still able to enjoy the celebration.            

           I have to apologize to the Klaverjas group for advertising the wrong date regarding their next competition.                                                                                                                                         It is on Sunday February 18th and NOT the 11th.                                                                        Next month is the Festival month again.  If you have free time and energy, join the group of volunteers. There is a choice of jobs before during and after the Festival. There are sheets in the hall, for the volunteers to fill in their name and choice of work.   

I am happy to say that the first sponsorship for 2018 came in by mail.

On Saturday March 3 there will be a fundraising Garage Sale/ Braderie at YOUR club. This will go from 9am – 2pm.

At 3pm on the same day there will be the Festival volunteer meeting. 

Anyone that is willing to volunteer please join us on the day.

We do need a few persons to take care of a stall at the Garage Sale/ Braderie. It will not be as big as the previous one (I think) because it is so close to the Festival, but with all the goods that are stored we do need to make some room.          

This month of February there will be a Sri Lanka dinner night.

The music is tops and you can eat your favourite Sri Lanka cuisine as much as you like.

The price has come down from $45. To $40. Per person.

I hope to see many members there.

Please book with the organizer; ANGELA 0407 100 112

See you all at the kitchen.                   Mia



Happy Birthday February 2018

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Shannon Anderson; Guido Joosten; Jenny Joosten Petra Hooper; Louise Ballas; Frederika Bates; Wilfried Bleeker; Max de Haan;  Riki Brekelmans; Susan de Kretser; Henk Eijkman; Hans Engel; Gerry Haarsma; Paul Hilberding; Barry Hayward; Jan Houben;  Gilian Watts; Gerry van Dam; Analyn Prins; Samantha Salgado; Cameron Hook; Nicolaas Kop;  Rebecca Iping; Andrew Lewis;Tony Verwey; Anne Verwey; Mies van Florenstein;  Anton Mathyi;  Evert van Oeveren; Henk van Wezel; Louise Wells; Louis &  Nel Weber; (102) Janna Jansen;  Edward Jonker; Herman Zirkzee

Happy Birthday January 2018

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Luuk Aalbrechts; Adrian Alsop; Gerard Bakkers; Marita Ballas; John Bednar; Pablo Blanco; Ria Brown; Albino Cortellazzi; Veronica Daley; Patricia Risse; Nicole Duffy; Cornelia Geldhof; Wilhelmina Iping; Jeno Kajan; Clara Kempers; Nellie Knight; Gary Little; Ante Maganic; Edna Manalo; Willem Muller; Greame Noske; Helen Paquay; Allan Potter; Jo-Ann Rasker; Robert Rodgers; Connie Snellen; Gerda Zirkzee; Ria van Wijk; Marcus van Gelderen; Dee Vleeskens; Brian Wells; Maria Westbury; Henry van Zanden; Joyce Weeks; Alex Ziegelaar


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.



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