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L’histoire d’immigration de Johannes et Tena Velthuizen (immigrants néerlandais)

Le Musée examine et accepte les dons de souvenirs et d'histoires, personnelles ou familiales, à la collection. En tant qu'institution pédagogique, ces récits nous aident à comprendre comment les individus se souviennent d'expériences vécues, comment ils les interprètent ou, encore, comment ils créent un sens à partir de celles-ci. Les histoires ne sont pas modifiées par le personnel du Musée. Le point de vue exprimé est celui de l'auteur et non celui du Musée.

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Culture : 
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Langue: 
Anglais
Creative Commons: 
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Numéro d'accession : 
S2014.627.1

Texte d'histoire: 

The reason for immigrating to Canada was that the job opportunities were not so good in th Netherlands after the war. We looked at the possibility of becoming involved in a painting business, but when that fell through we decided to come to Canada. We heard that there were good opportunities in Canada. We were married on June 19, 1952 and lived for approximately five weeks with our parents until we left for Canada. We left on July 30, 1952 onboard the S.S. Zuiderkruis. I, Trijntje, was sick for the whole trip across the ocean and did not feel well until we landed in Halifax. Just the smell of breakfast made me sick. After landing at Pier 21, we took the train to Edmonton, Alberta. The second day in Edmonton my husband Johannes got a job with Hool Signs painting letters. There he worked for a short time and then started his own painting and decorating business, which he had till he retired. We are very happy to have made Canada our home.
Tena Velthuizen.