- Strik, Adrian
- PLACE OF BIRTH
“I can still quite vividly remember my first glimpse of the quay-side in Fremantle harbour, from the railing on one of the top decks of the Johan van Oldenbarnevelt”
Adrian notes: “The meals were served at fixed times in a huge canteen, where everyone sat on long benches at communal tables. The food itself was generally unaccustomed to European tastes, mainly mutton, something no-one had ever eaten in Holland – as well as completely new, unknown things like jelly – and something called ‘junket’! The result was that many families resorted to cooking their meals, on primitive kerosine burners and the like. This was quickly banned, due to the fire hazard.”
Adrian got the job of senior technician at Port Hedland airport (WA).
After an aircrash 0n 31-12-1968, Adrian was “psychologically pretty much affected” and left Australia to travel in Europe
Adrian met his later wife Tonny in London. They had three children, Edwin, Alexander and Sylvia read more
Adrian travelled with his wife Tonny to Australia to meet his parents, but returned to the Netherlands because of better job opportunities for Tonny, who studied law.
“I think in the back of his mind that my dad hoped I would come back to Perth. He would often remind me that they had gone to Australia to better everyone’s chances and now here I was leaving this “wonderful country” to go back to the “rotten” one (his exact words!) that they had left in 1954. In the end, I think he was proud of me later when he came to visit us and meet his Dutch grandchildren.”
Adrian’s mother died in 1987 in Subiaco read more
Adrian’s father died in 2008 in Lesmurdie