Tulips under the gum trees.


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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Tulips under the gum trees was a booklet, written by Eef ten Brummelaar, for the D.A.C.C.. I love that title. In the booklet, Eef had gathered examples, quotes, etc., highlighting the situations that Dutch-born Australians find themselves in.


This picture was taken, yesterday, 3 October, at the A.G.M., of the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre, held in the offices of the Consulate-General of the Netherlands, in Bondi Junction, Sydney.

The people present at this meeting generally hope to pass on to new generations an understanding of the cultural heritage they brought with them, when they migrated to Australia.

They were reminded by one of the board members of the concert for flute and piano, to be given in the evening at the Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre by the well known Dutch flautist Mia Dreese.

( Mia Dreese was a professor of flute at the Groningen Conservatory in The Netherlands for 25 years and now teaches flute, traverso and the historical development of the flute privately. As member of the National Music Examination faculty she is often asked to be a member of the jury at competitions.
She has been president of the Dutch Flute Society from 1991-2007 and is still editor of the quarterly magazine “FLUIT”.

Mia was to play twelve pieces by masters of the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, on six different kinds of flutes. While explaining and playing the audience would be be taken along on travels through many centuries of flute music.

Sadly, at the time of the A.G.M., there had not been as big a response, to attend, as had been hoped for. Possibly many factors, including the prospect of reaching the venue, through the evening traffic, on one of the hottest days Sydney had experienced for some time.

While expressing his disappointment at the small number of people attending the concert, in a venue which could hold many times more, Chairman, Klaas Wolding reported:
We had 26 people at the Mia Dreese concert. It went quite well. She is brilliant. The pianist was also very good.

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