PLAIN PEOPLE: Niet Bang Voor Werk

The Dutch sailors were looking for a land of ivory and spices and gold. What they found was a barren country inhabited by terrifying savages and startling kangaroos. They named the place "New Holland," but except for a few explorations, the Dutch abandoned Australia to the savages, the kangaroos and the British.

Last week, three and a half centuries later, 1,500 Dutch immigrants were on their way to Sydney on the liner Volendam. The last of some 13,000 who left Holland in 1949, they were looking only for land, for Holland is crowded to the dikes with energetic Dutchmen. With the...

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