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The History of the Dutch Society Neerlandia of WA Inc.

The earlier Dutch migrants that arrived in the late 1940’s had made several attempts to establish Dutch clubs in WA, such as the Dirck Hartogh Society and the Australian Dutch League, but these all folded after a short while. But during the early 1950’s the Dutch migrants arrived in larger numbers and although many got on with starting a new life here, they all still hunkered for the Dutch culture and social life.

Early 1970’s – Dutch Choir conducted by Captain Colin Harper – 5th Military District Band.

Early Dutch clubs

In order to enjoy some of those experiences, many clubs were formed. Some of these were the Windmills Soccer Club, several Klaverjas Clubs, two Ladies Choirs, Male Voice Choir, Repertory Club Elckerlijc, Hollandia Biljard Club, Dam Club King Damas, The King Street Dance Club, several Church Organisations and even a Credit Union. But these were all individual clubs and despite several discussions that were held to work or combine together, this never eventuated.

Even as late as 1965 some of the individual clubs once again held meetings and discussions in an attempt to pull most of the existing clubs together, but true to the strong-willed nature of the Dutch Character, this once again led nowhere.