Wiegerdina van der Meer (Dina) has 50 great-grandchildren and 37 grandchildren.
Wiegerdina van der Meer (Dina) has 50 great-grandchildren and 37 grandchildren. Contributed

Dina welcomes 50th great-grandchild into the world

EVER had trouble remembering all the names of your relatives at Christmas get-togethers?

Glasshouse woman Wiegerdina van der Meer , 86, has 11 children, 37 grandchildren and has just welcomed her 50th great-grandchild into the world, with two more on the way - and there is not one whose name she forgets.

Mrs van der Meer, also known as Dina, was excited to meet great-grandchild number 50, Zachary Jacobs, on May 1.

And while her grand-daughter and Zachary's mum Stefanie Jacobs said she had no plans to have 11 children like her grandmother, she said she loved being apart of such a large family.

"I certainly won't be having 11, but I loved being around all of them at Christmas time. It's so much fun because they're so many," she said. "I think Christmas was the best time of year for all of us as everyone got together at grandma's house. She loves it as she knows everyone by name and knows who they all belong to."

So, how do you create such a long-lasting legacy?

Mrs van der Meer, with late husband Harmen, emigrated by boat from the Netherlands to Melbourne in 1956 with seven children in tow.

Once the couple arrived, they then added a further four to the humble household.

Meet the family. Well, some of them, anyway.
Meet the family. Well, some of them, anyway.

 

The family eventually found their way to the Sunshine Coast where Mrs van der Meer has lived for the past 50 years.

"They owned the egg farm on Steve Irwin Way and lived in Burpengary for a while," Ms Jacobs said.

"There were so many kids to start with. A lot of them are still around the same area. We still see each other."

Mrs Jacobs said with so many doting younger relatives, her grandmother was never alone.

"There's always someone around," she said. "There are so many kids. We're averaging three great-grandkids per year.''


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