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Posted in fremantle, history, maritime, netherlands, western australia by freoview on August 18, 2016



The tiny replica of the historic Dutch sailing ship Duyfken left Fremantle this morning on her journey to Shark Bay where she will take part in the commemorations of Dirk Hartog, the first European man to set foot on land in Western Australia 400 years ago on October 25, 1616.

Minister Bill Marmion, the brand new Netherlands’ Ambassador Erica Schouten, Josh Wilson MP, Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Dave Hume were among the crowd to wish the crew a safe trip.

The replica was built in Fremantle in 1999 for $ 3.6 million and is a gorgeous ship.. The original sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in 1606 under Captain Willem Janszoon who became the first European to map Australia and explore the norther and eastern coast of Australia.

The Duyfken will be in Bunbury from August 22-September 4, in Mandurah from September 5-14, at Hillarys from 15-27 of September, Jurien Bay from September 29 to October 3, Dongara from 4-7 October, Geraldton from October 8-16 and in Denham from October 19-24.

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  1. freoview said, on August 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    You are absolutely right of course Annette. 1616 to 2016 is 400 years, so I will correct that in the post. Thank you also to Linda for pointing out my mistake. Now everyone will understand why they evicted me from the Netherlands. ; >(


  2. Annette said, on August 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    You’re a couple of centuries short – 400 years ago in 1616 Dirk Hartog landed in WA. The date is correct though. Still a lovely post and thank you for the blog.

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