In the immediate post-War World years, refugees from war-torn Europe were resettled in different places across Australia. By 1949, it is estimated that one-tenth of the American/Dutch/Australian Army’s Camp Columbia area became the Wacol East Displaced Persons Holding Camp.

In the early 1950s the camp was developed to become the Wacol Migrant Centre, the biggest in Queensland. In 1952, the 1600 capacity of the camp was exceeded, reaching close to 2000.

By the 1980s the converted timber Army huts were aging and a different model for receiving immigrants was evolving. The Wacol Migrant Centre and the disused Willie Mackenzie Hostel were closed in 1987. The Prisons Department took over the site and the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre was opened in 1992.

Many Dutch people were among the post-war migrants.

In 2001 the idea was born to create a commemorative symbol of the Wacol Migrant Centre and the Federal Government financed the publication of a book with some 150 interviews with refugees and migrants. Among them 27 interviews with Dutch migrants. The interviews with the Dutch people have been republished in the DACC Hub with the permission from the Federal Government, the copyright holder. The are listed in order of arrival.

Other links:

Camp Columbia – Wacol

The Lions (Hollandia FC)

Netherlands Association of Queensland and Dutch Shop De Kruidenier.

Prins Willem Alexander Retirement Village

Michael Strik

Michael Strik

Johanna Edwards

Annie and Joop Vierveyzer

Matha Johanna Fuchshuber – nee Van Lunteren

Sonja Mullenberg – nee van den Berg

Ben Dokter

Harmina Dijk – nee Pesman

Helena Koning

Elisabeth Meuleman

Herma Long

Theo Sloots Jnr

Nel Bruyniks

Han Spykerboer

Ruth van Lunteren – nee Muller

Rolf Bierman

Anthony and Elizabeth Schagen

Jacoba Oliver

Catherina Vullers

Herman Wichgers

Rob-Jan and Jacomiene Mijnarends

Corry de Haas

Kitty Cillikens

Anelies Zeissink

Lily Podger – nee Kuiper

Carel Vogelsang

Andreas Flach

Ken and Els Gray