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Prominent Gelderlanders


Prominent Gelderlanders

5 digitised interviews

Gelderland Heritage


Investigating whether and how the collection can be archived and made public

Interviews with striking Gelderlanders

Mien van der Meulen-Nulle
(The Hague, 17 March 1884 – Winterswijk, 8 January 1982)

Louisa Wilhelmina (Mien) van der Meulen-Nulle was a Dutch teacher of lace technology and director of the Royal Dutch Lace School in The Hague.

Nulle studied useful handicrafts at the Industrieschool voor Meisjes in The Hague. She came into contact with lace through books. She received additional lessons from Elisabeth Manhave, a former pupil of the lace school in Sluis. In 1903, she taught at the Lace School, then based in Apeldoorn. At the age of 22, she became headmistress of the lace school in 1906 when it moved to The Hague. She was given access to an attached studio. She designed the cradle cover for Princess Juliana in 1909. On the occasion of a parade in Leiden depicting the entry of Frederik Hendrik in 1629, she designed several 17th-century lace based on paintings in 1910. It earned several awards.


Louis Frequin
(Arnhem, 29 July 1914 – Berg en Dal, 13 October 1998)

Interview on 11 August 1976 (tape 1 missing – interview 28 April 1976)

Louis Hendrik Antonius (Louis) Frequin was a Dutch journalist, author and resistance fighter. Louis Frequin was married and had eight children, the oldest of whom, Willibrord Frequin, is the best known.

Louis Frequin was Roman Catholic and had worked in journalism since 1930. Former editor-in-chief of the Gelderlander and the Nieuwe Krant.


Herman Martinus Oldenhof
(Apeldoorn, 17 September 1899 – Ede, 11 April 1985)

Interviewer J.P. Gansenbrink, 21 July 1977

Oldenhof was a Dutch mayor. He was a member of the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP). Oldenhof was mayor of the municipalities of Lopik, Jaarsveld and Willige Langerak from 1929 to 1936. He then served as mayor of Kampen from 1936 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1952.

Oldenhof left for the municipality of Ede, where he was mayor until 1962. Under his administration, the municipality grew from 47,656 to 60,162 inhabitants and much was invested in new education and infrastructure. In 1962, he became deputy of the province of Gelderland. He continued to live in Ede, though. Here he died in 1985 at the age of 85 in retirement home De Klinkenberg.



Jan Taminiau
(1 April 1903 – 17 July 1993)

Interviewer G. J. Mentink, 16 October 1975

Taminiau was director of the Gelderland fruit processing company Taminiau Elst Overbetuwe (TEO)


Jan Hendrik de Groot
(Alkmaar 13 March 1901 – Zeist 1 December 1990)

Jan H. de Groot was a poet, journalist in Arnhem.

In 1948, he became editor of Het Vrije Volk in Arnhem and from 1950 until his retirement in 1966, he was press chief of the AKU in Arnhem. From 1950 to 1962, he was secretary and treasurer of the Dutch branch of the international authors’ association PEN.

Dutch Indies and Moluccan patients of sanatoria

Renkum, Oranje Nassau's Oord 1930-1932 - Gelders Archief: nr. 1513 - 723, Boekhandel Joppe

Podcast series on Dutch Indies residents of sanatorium Oranje Nassau Oord in Wageningen

About ‘Black Sinterklaas’ and caring for returnees with tuberculosis

The podcast focuses on how Indonesian and Moluccan Dutch with tuberculosis were received and cared for in the Netherlands and how they experienced their stay in the sanatorium. The focus is on events in the late 1950s at Oranje Nassau’s Oord (O.N.O.), a sanatorium for lung sufferers in the municipality of Wageningen.

The podcast series touches on current themes. For instance, it focuses on a highly contagious, deadly disease (tuberculosis) for which patients had to live in quarantine or isolation. It also deals with the reception of tens of thousands of displaced people who had to be given shelter at short notice. All this happened at a time of very high housing shortage. The podcast passes by solutions that The Hague came up with for these problems at the time.

The creator of the podcast series is historian Anton van Renssen. The reason for making the podcast series are some documents he discovered in his mother’s archive. She worked as a social worker for the municipality of Wageningen from 1957 to 1959. Her main task was counselling Indonesian and Moluccan Dutch people in Oranje Nassau Oord. In her archive is a notebook with names of people she visited to help. This list of names served as a starting point for the search for former patients and their relatives. That search yielded extraordinary stories that can be heard in the podcast.

In the podcast, Van Renssen tells the story based on conversations with, first and foremost, his mother, but also with historians, former O.N.O. nurses, the son of the sanatorium’s spiritual attendant, a Moluccan former patient and a survivor of an East Indies patient. To put the story in context, he did historical research in various archives.