In the early-mid fifties we arrived at Station Pier in Port Melbourne after five weeks at sea, to start a new life in "down-under".
It was the heyday of migration and many of the newcomers were large Dutch families. They left behind the ravages of war, but also a country that slowly got on its feet again and with better times looming ahead. People left their homelands for many different reasons, one of them was the threat of communism from behind the iron-curtain. We left for economic and climatic motives, as well to be reunited with family who had gone before us. The decision to migrate was simplified by the generous assisted passage scheme, a 10-pounds one-way ticket. Well we found our feet and in this gallery you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the past fifty years. A lot of the images are of average or low quality, but we had other things on our mind than nifty camera work.
Aerogramme from a lonely father to his family at the other side of the world
Here is it summer, the sun is very warm. The skin on my nose and ears are peeling.
Unmade Hayden Road in the early fifties, taken from number 10, looking towards (invisible) Westall Rd.
Jetty Leferink flanked by her opposite neighbours and sisters Nibbs
Fun on the slope and dressed for school at number 10
The latest arrival (me) fresh from the boat with the Leferink family
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt at Station Pier Port Melbourne
John Leferink delighted to see his sister Marie at the railing
Arrived at their new place of residence I'm looking for the keys on 47 Victor Road in East Bentleigh.
Bare walls but decorated windows.
All dressed for that important trip.
Our garage for four Dutch bicycles
Springvale station and its red rattler train ready to depart for the city
Springvale main street in the early fifties.
The house John Leferink built on 10 Hayden Road
My 250 cc silver coated DKW gets a work over.
Get together at Cornelissen chicken farm on Westall Road
Princes Highway - Springvale Road crossing, early 50's.
Blanchard corner Princes Highway and Springvale Road. Those two little ones are John and Ann Beus kids.
© Bernard Bosmans Photography