who we are

Dutch Australian Society (D.A.S.)Neerlandia(colloquially referred to as the Dutch Club) is a well-established social club, located in Frenchs Forest, Sydney. Established in 1954 by Dutch immigrants based on the Northern Beaches, the members funded and built their own clubhouse. Between 1945 and 1960, approximately 150,000 Dutch people emigrated to Australia. The history of Neerlandia is closely connected with the history of the assimilation and integration of the Dutch immigrants into Australian society and is a tribute to their perseverance, community spirit and optimism.

Today, the club offers "gezelligheid" by way of functions, venue hire, meals, a Dutch Shop where Dutch groceries can be purchased, and kitchen and bar
service. Opens each Sunday at 11am, with (freshly ground) coffee and a cake always available!Most weeks a warm meal is available from the kitchen such as NasiGoreng, boerenkool, pannekoeken or an Uitsmijter. The kitchen offers a variety of warm snacks such as broodjekroket and frikandel. The clubhouse borders Ararat Reserve, a sports oval managed by Warringah Council, which is available for sports events through the council. The reserve is the location of the annual Eurofest.

The Club fulfills a social and community function for its members and the Dutch community generally. Many functions are held in conjunction with other Dutch groups from around the city and state and apart from regular openings each week, many special events are held each year, along with dinners and information evenings. For example, the club celebrates Dutch events such as the King's birthday, bevrijdingsdag, LeidsOntzet, Sinterklaas. It also commemorates the fallen with an annual Dodenherdenkings ceremony on the 4th of May. The club organizes a Mother's Day Lunch, Veteranendag Lunch, Winter in July event, Melbourne Cup Day Lunch, it hosts Klaverjas tournaments, and does something special on days like Valentine's Day.

The shop 't Winkeltje sells a variety of Dutch supermarket products such as speculaas, stroopwafels, krakelingen, Jodekoeken, bokkepootjes, koffiewafels, hagelslag, vlokken, speculoos, appelstroop, ontbijtkoek, Groninger and Deventer koek, a large selection of drop, snoep, chocolate, oliebollen and poffertjes mix, stroop, poedersuiker, soup, jus, borrelnootjes, Indonesian spices and condiments, mayonnaise, pindasaus, fresh cheeses such as Gouda and Komijnekaas (Leyden), groenten in glas such as rode kool, boerenkool, zuurkool, sperzieboontjes, spinazie, wittebonen, erwten, appelmoes en appelcompote, and lots more. Brands include De Ruyter, Honig, Conimex, Venco, Koopmans, HAK, BetuwsRoem. The shop also sells kroketten and haring (both frozen), and sometimes even rookworst and paling*.

The club has a small library, where recent Dutch language books, CD's and DVD's, including for those for children, are available for loan to members. Also available for loan are Dutch magazines such as Elsevier, Libelle, Margriet, Flair, Linda, Vorsten, Dutch Weekly. A kids play area has been set up to keep little people entertained.

The club has two billiards tables (not to be confused with pool) which can be booked in advance if you have a group of players, or alternatively there is a billiards club which meets once weekly on a Tuesday evening, and is open for everyone to join.

There is also a Klaverjas (cards) club that meets once weekly on Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. from April to September, and in the evening from 7.30 pm from October to March.

The clubhouse is available for hire for small events and occasions, including speaking engagements or art exhibitions (except for 18 and 21st birthday parties). The clubhouse may also be made available for use by sports groups (e.g. soccer) or playgroups, especially if there is a Dutch connection.

The club publishes a bi-monthly magazine "Neerlandia News" to keep its members informed of what's happening at the club.

The club always welcomes new members.

* subject to availability

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our history

  • club established in the dutch tent camp at Narrabeen Lakes

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