The diary of G Rhee is quite unique because it was written in 1940. Gerard Rhee was one of the first Dutch migrants to Tasmania.
There are interesting glimpses in this diary of a young man who fell in love with a local lass. Apart from notes about his courting, he incidentally describes Hobart and a way of life featuring dances, cinema, and shack life.
Although WWII has begun, the Netherlands has not yet been invaded, and communication by correspondence is still normal. Before the year was out, Gerard was enlisted in the services, his courting days on hold for six years.
The 25th wedding anniversary of Eric and Toni van der Laan was celebrated in 1954.
It was a major event in the Dutch migrant community, fondly remembered 64 years later by those still alive.
In the shadow of the previous ten years, it is truly a Job chapter 42 celebration.
A translation of the program is available as shown on the left (vdlaan 25th wa.pdf).
A commentary on the program, with background and explanatory information, can be found below.