Spoor family gets together
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.
REUNION: The Spoor family gathers in Mundubbera.