Near Sydney, Australia, June 18, 7 Dutch migrants set about solving a major problem - how to house their wives and thirty-five children.
Near Sydney, Australia, June 18, 7 Dutch migrants set about solving a major problem - how to house their wives and thirty-five children. Equipped with building tools and with the enthusiastic help of neighbours, they made a start on building the first of seven houses on a new sub-division at Blacktown. The families, who arrived from Holland several months ago, live at Villawood Migrant Hostel. They have pooled their resources to build at Blacktown.
The Netherlands Commissioner for Emigration - Dr. Haverman (pronounced Harv-uh-man) - who is visiting Australia - called on the migrants. He inspected the sub-division they have bought, and then officially started the project by turning the first sod.
Ahead there are many months of evening and weekend work. Then members of all seven families hope they will be living in houses like this one. They say the work will be well worth while because by building themselves, they'll save up to 5 hundred pounds on the cost of each house.
In buying the land, the migrants had the help of the Netherlands Building Society in Sydney. They allocated the building blocks by holding a ballot.