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Booklet - 'Huisvesting in Australie', Commonwealth of Australia, Feb 1959 Document Reg. No: HT 763

Alternative Name(s): Booklet - 'Housing in Australia'.

Booklet written in Dutch, titled 'Huisvesting in Australie', it was published by the Commonwealth of Australia in February 1959. It is one of a series of information books produced by the Australian Government for prospective Dutch migrants and was used by Rinnert and Antonia Martina Pan, when they were deciding to migrate to Australia with their children.

Rinnert Pan was born in Friesland and Antonia Martina Van Hoorn was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. They married and lived in Heemstede. They had three children a girl, Mieke, and two boys, Jelle and Bart. The family migrated to Australia in 1962 under the Netherlands Australian Migration Agreement. Antonia did not pass the immigration medical at first, failing the eye test. However according to family legend, she redid the test, having memorised the eye chart, and passed. The Pan's decided to migrate to Australia because they believed Australia to be a more classless society than Holland. They were also attracted to the climate and the educational opportunities, and Rinnert was anti-war having been a conscientious objector during the Dutch war with Indonesia. He wanted to save his sons from future conscription as Holland had compulsory national service at the time. The family travelled on the ship Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt and upon arrival they were sent to Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre in northern Victoria, and then to the hostels at Fishermen's Bend and Holmesglen in Melbourne, before camping on their own block of land at Homesglen until their house was built. Rinnert was a spraypainter by trade and continued this work in Australia. Antonia was a qualified black cross nurse (psychiatric patients), however her qualifications were not recognised in Australia and she ended up as a cleaner and nurses' aid.
Four page booklet. White semi gloss paper printed in black and white. Cover has heading done in white text on green background. The Australian Coat of Arms in top right hand corner.
Statement Of Significance:
The post World War II period witnessed the production of a flurry of material which promoted, oriented and welcomed immigrants from the United Kingdom and Europe. This collection illustrates the proactivity of the Australian immigration administration and provides interesting insights into how officials wanted to sell Australia. This material directed at the Dutch market provides a comparison with what was being produced for the UK market, as well as enabling the exploration for motivations for migration.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Mieke Alexander, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.40 cm (Height), 12.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, promotional materials, settlement, dutch communities, dutch immigration, immigration policies, migration settlement, immigration selection, social welfare, social services
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Orientation
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Front cover: Mededelingen over/HUISVESTING/in Australie [Extensive text]
Publisher: Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Feb 1959
User: Pan Family, Heemstede, Netherlands, 1959-1962

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