- Wijck, Kurt van
- PLACE OF BIRTH
- Millingen aan de Rijn
Kurt had travelled around as a “farm exchange student” when he was still in an agriculture school. The Dutch and Australian Governments started with exchange programs for young farmers in 1959.
Kurt left school to work on his fathers farm for 5 years
Kurt decided not to continue the farm in the Netherlands and left to travel around as a backpacker working holiday for 2 years.
The Working Holiday Scheme was a youth exchange program run by the Dutch and Australian governments from 1981 till 1992. In 1992, when the Dutch Government ended its migration stimulation policy the WHS was taken over by a Foundation (for agrarian exchange and study trips).
Kurt met his later wife Juliet (who was from Melbourne) in St Petersburg Russia during his travels
“I was back in Melbourne Australia within a year.”
“We moved in together and had two children.”
“In Australia, I was on a bridging Visa so I couldn’t do much work.”
I did odd jobs, business telecommunications – never very successful.
In the Dutch Weekly Kurt’s advertising for Telecom between 1997-1999 can still be found: “For not much Keep in touch With the Dutch Ring from Australia to Holland Also up to 47% off your national calls For free info contact Tailored Communications Kurt van Wijck” read more
Kurt and Juliet also offered work: “Gezocht, Nederlands sprekende Babysitter / Au Pair, in Coldstream, Victoria ( 1 uur noord-oost van Melbourne) voor kind van 3.5 jaar en baby. Backpackers kunnen ook reageren. Voor inlichtingen bel Kurt van Wijck en Juliet Allen” read more
Around 2017-2018 when his marriage with Juliet was breaking up, Kurt joined the Melbourne based Dutch choir Zing! He met his now partner Karien Dekker there. read more