It's 'a mess' ~ down below ~ but think of it as a "mind-map" ! (Were you at that 'in-service' day?)

"Mind maps" were represented by random thoughts recorded on sheets of butchers paper

by the speaker at the in-service course(s).

THINK of it as a LOOK into MY mind!!


Sandringham / Dolls Point NSW. 

I was invited to have lunch with the parents of my brand-new (and first) grandson 
and my daughter and I took a stroll with the baby asleep in the pram. 

So......"naturally" this song came to my mind: 

Of course, it's (mainly - only) fellow-Dutch-born-Australians 'of my vintage' who will be familiar with this song and the way it relates to what it felt like, today to stroll along the water's edge with my daughter and her baby-son in his pram. 


It had been brought to my attention when I was briefly involved in the early years of the Dutch Language radio hours, in the late 70s, via SBS Radio 2EA, in the then former, 2SM studios in Clarence Street, Sydney. 

We were then so pleased to build up a listening audience and school friend Hans Tiller rang in and requested the above song because HE was so happy to have a young daughter 
to "stroll with in the sun"



I now live not far from my daughter, her husband and son, in a location that brings back many memories. I can only best describe this location as like a virtual "railway-station" where I've come ~ THROUGH the YEARS!!! ~ to go into yet another direction. 

Very happy and proud to be an "Opa" 
to young Leonard. 

© Ozcloggie 19 April 2014. 

Ahhhhhh!!! Memories of " going to Potters' "

(Bob and Dot Potter's ballroom dancing studio, in Maroubra

Junction. Now his son and daughter-in-law have a studio, called

Inspirations Dance Centre in West Ryde.

They're doing the 'Kanga', in Australia (Canberra)

To mark: 'King Day' (in the Netherlands).

And this is how the Queens Birthday was celebrated in RECENT years,

in Sydney.

Actually my grandchild has now arrived - a boy.

Visited the grandson who is at home with his mum and dad.

Post by Oz Cloggie.

Post by Ex Students of Maroubra Bay High School.


(I have been looking after this for a LOOOONG time now! )


Further thoughts,

(from Renee Veldman-Tentori ).....

Renee writes:

" Through architecture, shipwrecks, and its genealogical lineage,

the Dutch left a legacy like no other in Australia.

Travellers may not easily recognize the one-of-a-kind heritage left by the Dutch,

but it will surely be seen and felt especially by those from the Netherlands

who will take pride in their ancestors’ rich maritime and colonial history " .

Read on. Click on the above.

Repeating: I used to come to THIS part of Sydney and wander around, whenever something important ~ a change ~ was happening in my life.

E.g., MAUDE via HAY, 1967:


— Jo Mulholland (@JoMulholland1) April 13, 2014


I moved .......... but not VERY far from here. (Still around the corner from the water.)

And I now have a key to my letter box!!!!

So send me "snail mail"!!!!

It's been 5 years already since we reunited on that large scale.

Ex-Maroubra Bay High School students from the 1959 "Opening" years

still DO get together!


DO CLICK on the .... >...... above!

Friend, Bob Reed opened up Fairlight Gardens as a Bed & Breakfast......

He loves people.


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Have been sitting and watching here quite a bit, lately.



Dutch-Australian Genealogy Group meets in Chester Hill NSW

from Jo Mulholland on Vimeo.

Happy to pass on any email enquiries.

Jo Mulholland (Was Joop Mul)

I still look after the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre website!


Go there now..... DACC

Post by Oz Cloggie.


I walked therethat year (1955) at least once-a-week, to the AJC.

I briefly knew Michael, his mum and dad and his sister, 
when they were so kind to me, 
when I was transferred to 
Maude via Hay. 
On Friday nights, 
I had dinner
at the Skinners
and then 'baby-sat Michael and his sister, 
while the parents went out.
It was all such a good arrangement. 
I was certainly way out of my comfort-zone
and this weekly visit to the principal's residence 
in Hay, helped me see it all through. 
Now Michael beats a different drum 
in Nimbin. 

Showing this to friends and acquaintances only. 

With thanks to Matt Montez. 

© Jo Mulholland 



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Half a century ago I 'faced' my first class.

from Jo Mulholland

on Vimeo.

MEANWHILE ~ back in the Netherlands: Not Mr Chips but Mr de Vries.

(I see so many connections!)

Goodbye mister de Vries from Mascha Halberstad on Vimeo.


I'll NEVER stop being a FAN!!


I attended Maroubra Bay High School.

We boys from South Sydney Boys Junior High, in Randwick,

next to the town hall,

were transferred to the brand-new Maroubra Bay High School, in 1959


Now I'm located in Monterey.....


Please CLICK on the above picture......

(I actually so much remember ASSESSING this area for Keep Australia Beautiful

but time has moved on.)


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Let's KEEP

Australia beautiful!

I am no longer involved but still believe it to be such a good CAUSE!!!!!

Makes all who participate feel good about caring for their environment.......




And about the city where I grew up: GOUDA!

This song automatically makes me think of the little "house' by the "Rabats" bridge (Spelling!) Known more popularly as the "Red Bridge", in Gouda......where my father came to call on my aunt but she sent out my mother instead.

The rest is history.


Jo at the Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, October 6-12, 2008 from Jo Mulholland on Vimeo.




'up the road' from MANLY BEACH





Your home away from home




North of Sydney Harbour, Australia

Bed and breakfast 

Bed & Breakfast

apartment downstairs 

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When the WWW was very new I called my presence on the web:

A Dutch-Australian Connection.

( I added the: A when someone commented quite correctly that I was not 'THE' Dutch-Australian Connection ! )


The fact that my parents brought me to Australia when I was 12 was not going to deter me!! I was determined to be a school teacher (I'm sure it was in the genes.)

In 1964 when I faced my first class there were two textbooks which were not mandatory but recommended to help the pupils doing: "Social Studies".

And I found myself teaching these children that Captain Cook found Australia after some others had been here too.

Chinese apparently, very long ago andthen more recently: the Dutch (and the French)...

(I have some reservations about the idea of 'Footprints as stepping stones'.

Of course it's all very much about economics and commerce and, as I arrived in Australia (and VERY PLEASED that I did) as a result of the Dutch government and the Australian government

encouraging migration in the 1950s.

I hope that our migrant heads were not the 'stepping stones', providing 'factory fodder'

to make others rich.

As a young 'swallow' taken to Australia and away from my fellow

AJC members, I have, of course, my perspective.

(AJC = Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale -Labour Youth Centre

and was the "Socialist" version of the scouts and guides-combined.)


(Please GO TO: LINKEDIN and participate in the discussion!)

(I cannot provide a direct link from here!)


For some time now,

I know that there are plans to 'celebrate' the fact that Dirk Hartogh, Abel Tasman and the like came here and 'discovered' bits of Australia.

GO TO: Cultural Heritage Connections:

"Connecting experts, projects and organisations in international cultural heritage cooperation

This Linkedin group is a communication tool for the community of It brings together experts, projects, and organisations in the field of international heritage cooperation. The emphasis is on Mutual Cultural Heritage: heritage that is shared between two or more countries.

Join them at and at this Linkedin group is managed by the Dutch supporting institute for International Cultural Policy.


I've STARTED something!!!

These "youngsters" attended Maroubra Bay High School AFTER I was there and before it became the setting for:



Here's 'me' as I used to 'be'!

Ozcloggie is Jo Mulholland. Was Joop Mul - 2014