About myself

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My name is Rick Aalhuizen and I was born in Holland in 1933, as the youngest of four brothers.The four boysThe boys in 1937 My father was a pharmacist and in charge of four pharmacies. We can trace our family tree back to 1725, when Johan Diedrich Alhausen was born in Hamelhausen, Germany. His son Johan Friedrich Rudolf Alhausen was born in Neuenkirchen, Germany in 1766 and migrated to Holland, where he married Aafje Drost in Gouderak on 29-6-1800 and became the first Aalhuizen in Holland.Their son was Jan Frederik and that name keeps coming back in the family tree. Although I was only seven years old, I still remember the day that the war broke out.1st day of war My father woke us up at daybreak and from the attic we saw the German paratroopers jump out of their planes. And this was the start of world war 2 for us. We survived the war without any real damage. Like everyone we have our stories, but nothing as sad as a lot of people have. After the war my two older brothers went in the army and did their tour of duty in the Dutch East Indies, which were in the turmoil of fighting for their independence.They both returned without any physical damage and resumed their lives in civy street. Dutch troops in Indonesia

After Highschool I decided to make a carreer in the Merchant Navy.I went to Nautical College and after that, I joined the United Netherlands Navigation Company (VNS) and started my carreer as an apprentice deck officer. My first ship was an old Liberty ship, the ss.Leuvekerk and bound for India and Pakistan.ss Leuvekerk
I made my last trip as an apprentice on the ss.Amerskerk.ss Amerskerk
After that I sailed as a fourth and third officer on victory ships and the ms Oranjefontein.Mariekerk, Muiderkerk and Grootekerk

ms OranjefonteinI finished my career at sea as a second officer, got to know my future wife and decided to go with her family and settle in Australia in 1958. The beginning was difficult, but after a while, things fell into place. Mia and I married in 1960 Our marriage in 1960 and had our daughter in 1965 and our son in 1969. Mia can trace her family back even further than I can. Her father was born in Vlaardingen, Holland in 1907 and his forefather with the same name, was born in Vlaardingen in 1589. That is hundred thirty six years earlier than the Aalhuizens. I have had a number of vocations, but the greater part of my working life was in the hospitality industry. I retired in 1994 and moved to the south coast. My daughter at graduationMy son (LEFT) with the dep. Prime Minister and his business partner

In the eighties I acquired an interest in computers and in 1986 I bought my first Amstrad 6128.Amstrad 6128 in 1986 For several years I put little programs in, in Basic. It was still a primitive machine compared with today's computers. It had 128 kilobytes in memory, as against the giga bytes of today. When it broke down in 1994, my interest in computers was kept on a low flame. It was not until 1999, when I bought an old computer in a garage sale, that it flared up again. This time it was another Amstrad, only three years younger than my Amstrad 6128. My son gave me a more up to date computer, connected to the net and thus Rick's Page was born. I have been a stamp collector since I was 8 years of age and the combination of stamp collecting and computing was an ideal combination for making this page. The idea of telling stories about stamp illustrations was born in 1949, when I was presented with a book: "Postage stamps tell the story of the second world war"' by G.J.Peelen. I was only 16 years old, but it made a big impression and enticed me to set up a WW2 stamp collection. I did that several times in my life, but the stamps became more and more expensive, as time went by. Another interest of mine is genealogy and we will talk about that later.

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