Motivation, Intention and Assimilation
Author: Kees Wierenga
A thesis submitted as part of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History, School of History and Classics University of Tasmania October, 2005.
The object of this thesis is to examine the motivations, intentions and the attempted assimilation of the Dutch migrants who came to Tasmania in 1950, with particular focus on a group called, for the purpose of this study, the Groningen Seven, (abbreviated to G7). These men were Barteld Jan Folkerts, born 18/9/1911, painter, of Dorus Rijkerstraat 1a, Groningen; Fokke Haan, born 5/4/1903, manufacturer, of Tuinbouwdwarsstraat 22a, Groningen; Eerke Jacob van der Laan, born 31/10/1903, confidential clerk1 of Koninginnelaan 19a, Groningen; Pieter Laning, born 2/2/1914, representative, of Semarangstraat 20b, Groningen; Egbert Pinkster,2 born 6/8/1910, Managing Director (1940-1945 Foundation), of Paterswoldscheweg 51a, Groningen; Jan Thomas Steen, born 30/8/1912, municipal official, of van Heemskerckstraat 26b, Groningen; and Jan de Vries, born 28/12/1910, shopkeeper, of Nieuwe Ebbingestraat 44/1, Groningen; and their wives and children. Geert de Haan, born 8/10/1911, contractor, of Wierdaweg, Winsum, was added to the group at a later stage, and Fokke Haan failed to leave the Netherlands.