The Gouda connection.

When I first plugged in my Apple Macintosch LC 630 computer, in December 1996, I was so impressed that I could check out via the internet how much it cost to park your bike, near the railway station, in Gouda, where I was born!
About an hour ago, I clicked back to see if Entourage had any emails for me and there was one from Herman, who lives in the Grampians, Victoria.
He wrote:
Hi there Mr Joop
Purely by accident, surfing the net, I came across the Gouda-online site.
I had entered my name in the search and pressed enter.
I was amazed to come across what I believe to be your letter about my mum
and dad and the visit my father made to your Sydney address after losing his way and parking opposite your Flat…

You also appeared to have visited my father’s house in the Dandenongs while he was not there.
You mentioned that some teenagers greeted you. They would likely have been my brother and perhaps my sister ( named after my mum ).
Also you mention being greeted by a dog the size of a pony.
Well that was a much loved great Dane, called Zorba, brown in
colour and he had eaten most of the couch by then…

I was quite surprised to see this on the net….

  1. When I called in, with friends from Sydney, on a trip to visit the friend’s mother, in Melbourne, the parents were on a holiday, to Gouda!
    I immediately sent Herman back pictures of his young brother, sister and his mother and various other memorabilia, going back to the mid-fifties.
    They were, of course already in my computer. :)
    Now all this happened just as I received another email, from the lady, in the Netherlands, who thanked me for finding her father’s cousin, here, in New South Wales. She had rung him today.
    Her father’s cousin had migrated, in the early fifties, from Gouda, to Sydney.
    I had found him, via That seems simple to do from here but I must admit, that I cannot find some of my own cousins, in the Netherlands.
    It’s easier when you’re familiar with the possibilities. However, it is easier to find Dutch names in the Australian white pages than it is to find Dutch names in the Dutch white pages. Dutch names stand out less there! (Particularly Postma. An extra common name, up in the northern part.)
    So, happy people all round. Hope to hear back from Herman soon. Keen to find out how his brother(s) and sister are. It’s been 40 years!!!! (As I typed that, I surprised myself!)

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