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Christian Reformed Churches of Australia

The Reformed Churches of Australia is the name of the church established by post-war Dutch immigrants of the Reformed faith in Australia. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Dutch Reformed Church. The first Reformed Church of Australia was established at Kingston, Tasmania in 1952. Its name was chosen

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Bible Restoration Project

The Bible was donated to the DACC by Ellie Zinsmeester. It dates from 1768 and was deaccessioned (officially disposed off) by the church around 1940. It was brought to Australia when Ellie’s father migrated to Australia. Karma Rowe from the Dutch Genealogy Group, who previously restored some books for the

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Kees Lumkes imported the first tulips in Australia

Written by his daughter Wilma Summerville Kornelius Berend Lumkes  ( 26/2/1911 to 13/7/1984) son of Willem Lumkes was born in Groningen, Netherlands. His parents were old at his birth and his only sibling was 16 years older. His family were quite affluent and had a large grain farm. The house

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Catholic Dutch Migrant Association (CDMA)

The Catholic Dutch Migrant Association (CDMA) was one of the largest and most influential Dutch migrant organisations in Australia during the post-war period. It was established in 1952 to provide social, cultural, and religious support to Dutch migrants and their families, many of whom were Catholics. The CDMA organised a

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Dutch Australian Cultural Centre

The Centre was established in 1983 by the Federation of Dutch Associations and formed as a company limited by guarantee in 1984. The Centre was formed to establish a central organization with the following two main aims: To preserve the rich history of Dutch contact with, and immigration to, Australia;

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The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre was founded in 1983 and gives as its aims and objectives in its mission statement, the collection, preservation, promotion and dissemination of Dutch culture and heritage in Australia. The Centre immediately started the collection of material for the archives and Library and now, after almost

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The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Brisbane

In the late 1800’s, there was growing interest among Catholic women to become more involved in overseas missionary work.     This was linked to the rapid colonisation occurring among European countries.  In many places, woman and children in particular had no status, and thus no opportunities to develop the quality of

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