from Dutch to Dust.

Dear Diary
Today I’ve realised that I’m part of a dying breed.
Among the last of the OzCloggies.
Always knew it would be like that.
The Dutch expression is


in English:

Would the last Dutch-born immigrant please turn off the lights?

Just this week there have been several indications that the energy that came in that so-called " wave "
( of immigrants from the Netherlands in the 50s, 60s, early 70s_)
has dissipated.
No more Clog dancers
or choirs singing about a glorious sunrise,
or grand Orange Balls, celebrating the Dutch Queen’s Birthday, with hundreds, of happy Dutch-Australians, and their relatives, of all ethnic backgrounds, marching around in the town hall, to something, called
the polonaise

(hardly stately!!).

Just the occasional sound
of a lonely piano-accordion,
on very special occasions.
The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre
looking for a home.

In the retirement villages,
set up by the Dutch,
less and less Dutch.

The Dutch-born participants,
at the rear of the ANZAC Day march,
smaller and smaller
in number.

Not much
Dutch touch

It seems.

It’s that buton, over there! Just flick it!


That’s it!

We’ll be off then.

from Dutch to Dust.


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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Dutch-Australians, assimilated, re-emigrated, dissipated. Eliminated.

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