Spoor fam­ily gets to­gether

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MI­GRANTS have built this coun­try and no one is more proud than the de­scen­dants of Mun­dub­bera’s Dirk and Christina Spoor.

A fam­ily re­union in Mun­dub­bera last Sun­day week at­tracted more than 90 rel­a­tives from near and far.

The bowls club was brim­ming with yarns of the old days from the time Dirk and Christina ar­rived in Mun­dub­bera in 1912, 102 years ago.

“Dirk was an en­gi­neer in Hol­land and made a com­fort­able liv­ing but a com­mit­ment in the Dutch Re­form Church made up his mind to leave the Catholic dom­i­nance of his home coun­try,” grand­daugh­ter Dawn Van­den­berg (nee Spoor) said.

“Dirk and Christina are the rea­son for us all be­ing here to­day and they are the rea­son that we are walk­ing on this earth.

“They ar­rived with six chil­dren, set­tling on a se­lected prop­erty in Glen­ray Rd, and worked hard to es­tab­lish an in­come and ex­panded their fam­ily with two more chil­dren.”

Dirk and Christina’s daugh­ter-in-law Nelly Spoor, 98, cut a cake at the re­union.

After Dirk and Christina’s deaths at 67 and 51 re­spec­tively, their farm was worked by their sons, who even­tu­ally sold it and moved away.

Dan Den­holm bought the farm and raised a fam­ily there, work­ing it for 30 years un­til he passed it on to his son, Tom, who mar­ried Nelly Spoor’s daugh­ter Joy.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­UNION: The Spoor fam­ily gath­ers in Mun­dub­bera.

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