I was born in Amsterdam and I always considered myself a citizen of the world. In the 1950s there was a guy who demonstrated in the United States. He wanted to get rid of all the borders, pull them down. I can’t remember his name. I’ll have to look him up.

So I’ve always taken much interest in other countries and other people.

After I finished studying economics in Holland I got hooked. I belong to a woman.

Then I left Holland and worked for the UN in Spain, Peru, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Paris….

When we had children we decided to come to Australia. I still have my Dutch passport.

I love Australia. It’s my home. My second wife, she says sometimes when she gets angry that I don’t belong here.  But I don’t give a damn.

I’m open to others coming here, especially children because then they can have a good education. Every child deserves a good education.

My background is European but my home is Australia so I belong in Australia.

That’s it. My story in 5 minutes.

This story and photo was collected at the State Library Queensland as part of the Anywhere Festival. Brisbane (May 2016)