The shuffleboard.

When-ever my children were at my parents’ place, when they were little and being minded there, one of the forms of entertainment was a shoe-box, up-side down, with holes cut out, to roll marbles through, from a reasonable distance.

If I was doing this in cartoon form, I would draw immigrants to Australia, from the Netherlands, riding the wave(as the large numbers of Dutch, coming here at that time became known as) on shuffleboards (sjoelbakken), to land on Aussie beaches.

The shoe-box and the marbles worked on the same principles, as the shuffleboard. There were numbers above the holes and brother and sister competed for the highest score, while Oma (my mother) and Opa (my father) watched and were delighted.

The shuffleboard was taken to the recent celebration of the Dutch queen’s birthday, in Hunters Hill, organised by Dutch-link and the school, De Kangoeroe.
It was fun to see the children take on the challenge.
After all, it’s good for hand and eye coordination. (And it’s noisy too!)
So, this is another connection with the Dutch heritage, to put on the list, for the younger folk, besides St Nicholas (Sinterklaas), Dutch confectionery, chiefly Dutch licorice, but Haagse Hopjes, babbelaars, etc., Not to forget syrupwaffles (stroopwafels), croquettes and perhaps, even, raw herring!!

The shuffleboard.


Ramsgate, Australia

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Shuffleboards, a game that was a favourite with (among others) with the Dutch, say , in a pub (café) or even, at home. Long before video games and such.
Now, here in Sydney, they may be one way to have the children of Dutch immigrants to connect with the culture that their (grand-)parents knew.

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