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HF - Jan-Feb 2009 (Vol 4 No 1)

Holland Focus Jan-Feb 2009Fryslân Boppe!
A series of articles about a unique part of The Netherlands, the province of Fryslân (Frisian Land) by Henk-Jan De Meer.
This edition the spot light is on “It Fryske Hynder”. Henk-Jan takes you through a bit of history about this Friesian horse and its presence in Australia.

Verbeeldingen van Ambachten
Our regular column by Frans Hertoghs analysing the poems and drawings by Jan Luyken (or Luiken).
Luyken lived in the second half of the "Golden Century" (17th century) and his work shows us the daily life of his time.
In this edition we look at "De Apoteeker" (de apotheker / the apothecary).

Frans Hertoghs' regular contributions (in Dutch) about public affairs in New Zealand. Frans just returned from his holidays but did not meet the printer’s deadline, unfortunately.

crookeA comic strip story, created and illustrated by Edo Fuijkschot.
Follow the adventures of Dutch conman Frank Crooke when he staggers from the wreckage of HMS Descent on to the remote west coast of Australia 200 years ago.



Australian Football goes Dutch
Since the stunning impact Guus Hiddink made on Australian football as Australian coach, ‘all things Dutch’ has become the recipe for Australian football. The current string of Australian coaches all seems to have one thing in common: Kerkrade. If you love football, you can’t miss this very interesting article from Henry van Zanden.

Preserving and promoting Dutch Heritage in Australia
Take a look at the people behind the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre (DACC) and their dedication to “the collection, preservation, promotion and dissemination of Dutch culture and heritage in Australia”.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue the movie Eldorado is being reviewed.

Doorwerth, castle for duty and beauty
Jan Weijdt takes us through a bit of history of this mighty citadel situated in one of the most characteristic spots along the Veluwezoom.

Besides our ‘regulars’ (Marcia, Pim, Taals Taaltje, Who's Who, Book Reviews, etc.), this issue is packed with many other interesting articles such as: Wieteke van Dort, Tui Nature Reserve (NZ), Dutch forum “HoeWie” held in NZ etc. etc.

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