Scrapbook 1, 1951 - 2006
Maker and role
Compiler: Eelco Boswijk (b.1929)
Eelco was involved in promoting arts, crafts, performance in the Chez Gallery particularly of the Wearable Art Awards, from the William Higgins Gallery which hosted the show, with Suzie Moncrieff from 1987 onwards. His interests were very wide particularly focussing on Nelson history and natural history, as well as environmental issues. From his caf? he made friends with a huge number of people around the world as this collection illustrates. He was treasurer for the Dutch Connection Nelson Committee 1992 that was involved with Queen Beatrix's visit to Nelson to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand.
Eelco was awarded 2 service medals in 1990 from Queen Beatrix and Queen Elizabeth.
The Chez Eelco Coffee House's most famous dish was the mussel chowder which Eelco had canned. In June 2000 Eelco retired and his daughter Kirsten took over the business. She ran it until November 2002 (Press 1.10.2001). The Irish Hospitality Ltd signed a new lease with the Nelson Women's Club who owned the premises 13th July 2004 and The House of Ales opened 4th November 2004.
Sources- Mr Boswijk, Nelson Mail articles and information sheet from the ATL oral history archive in the Eelco collection.
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