‘Little Groningen’

Dutch immigrants in Tasmania

Documentary 1998, 50 minutes

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In 1950, seven families emigrated together from the city of Groningen. They settled in the Tasmanian village of Kingston to the south of the capital Hobart and started a building company.
Their enterprise led to a chain reaction. More and more Dutch people (primarily from the northern provinces) followed the example of the first group of immigrants. They founded their own church community and their own school. The Dutch community in Kingston grew to become one of the greatest concentrations of Dutch immigrants in Australia.

 

The first immigrants from Groningen tried to integrate totally into Australian society.
In the documentary, we see how two families descended from the first group of immigrants shaped this ideal.
But how much did the great flood of Dutch immigrants stand in the way of complete integration? Is there now a Dutch enclave in Tasmania or did the Dutch immigrants manage to integrate entirely into Australian society while retaining their own identity?

 



Directing Saskia Vredeveld

Script Ross Fraser

Montage Puck Goossen

Camera Peter Mariouw Smit

Sound Pieter Guijt

Production Julia Gonnissen

IDTV production with support from the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund, broadcast by EO Television,
The Netherlands.