While Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remains. Despite initial reservations Nieske liked Australia so much she and Jan sponsored her mother Catharina in 1958, and more relatives later. Known as ‘Moeke’, Catharina lived with the family in Sheffield until the 1970s. Eddie and Ineke remember relatives boarding for months at a time, as they searched for work and homes. ‘There was always a houseful of people,’ says Eddie. ‘We always had an uncle or a cousin or an aunt staying with us.’ While John now lives in Queensland, both Ineke and Eddie remain in Tasmania. Their parents instilled a sense of pride about their heritage, as well as an appreciation of the difficulties faced as new migrants. Quotes from interview with Ineke Laning and Eddie Hoogenhout, January 2012.

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