Statue of Abel Tasman

Tasmania – named for a Dutch explorer

The Dutch seafarer, Abel Tasman, is recognised as the first European to land, in December 1642, on the island that now bears his name.

NOV 2013

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In the last 50 to 60 years, thousands of Dutch settlers and their descendants have been making a rich contribution to Tasmanian society.

Dutch heritage in Australia, which started 128 years before James Cook made landfall at Botany Bay and 146 years before Arthur Phillip established a settlement at Sydney Cove, continues to shape local life and culture.

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message from the president

Coby Dobromilsky, President of DAS

Dear Members and Guests,

On behalf myself, the Committee and the members of this Society, I would like to welcome you to our website.

Since our founding in August 1970, our Society has aimed to foster new connections between Tasmania and the Netherlands, and to encourage and enhance existing connections. We especially promote our shared cultural heritage and social links.

Our annual events include summer BBQs in the parks around Hobart, Queen Beatrix’ Birthday celebrations with pickled herrings, the sale of oliebollen at multicultural events and a Sinterklaas birthday party for the young and old.

With this website we hope to have more participation from younger Dutch-connected families to join us in activities such as Dutch dancing groups, sjoel competitions, quiz nights, movie nights and sporting events.

As president, I am also passionate about helping the Dutch elderly in our community, taking particular care of their wellbeing and their social activities .

The Society is also involved in the Abel Tasman Art Prize™ competition, in conjunction with the ATAP Committee and the Kingborough Council. We also promote the preservation of our migrant heritage together with the Channel Heritage Museum.

I look forward to your feedback and suggestions, and welcoming you as new members to our society. Please email us by using the contact page.

Yours sincerely,

Coby Dobromilsky van Dongen, President.

April 2012


The Dutch Australian Society exists to promote the cultural and historical heritage that links Tasmanians to the Netherlands.

Position Vacant
~ Promotions Officer ~

The DAS is increasingly involved with the general Tasmanian community in enriching public life. To assist us in this, we are looking for someone to fill the position of a Promotions Officer.

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We invite you
to join us.

If you would like to help us increase awareness within the Tasmanian community of their historical and cultural heritage, we invite you to become a supporter or member. (See About Us page for details.

For more information, please contact us.

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