Dirk Hartog (baptised 30 October 1580 – buried 11 October 1621) was a 17th-century Dutch sailor and explorer. Dirk Hartog’s expedition was the second European group to land in Australia and the first to leave behind an artefact to record his visit, the Hartog Plate. His name is sometimes alternatively spelled Dirck Hartog or Dierick Hartochszch. The Western Australian island Dirk Hartog Island is named after Hartog.

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Historic maps of Australia
Australia’s oldest European maritime relic is a Dutch pewter dish that was nailed to a timber post 400 years ago on remote Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay. Now housed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and still bearing its inscription, the historic pewter dish was left by the crew of the Eendracht to record their visit to the ‘South Land’ on 25 October 1616.
Map – Shark Bay – 2018 First explored by Dirk Hartog
Photos replicas of Hartog and Vlamingh plates – 2019 Denham Discovery Centre
Flight over Cape Inscription Dirk Hartog Island Plaque was close to where the lighthouse is on the picture.

SBS Video – Dirk Hartog lecture at Maritime museum 21-10-2016

A perfect evening for a “Dirk Hartog” lecture at the Maritime Museum in Sydney with Prof. Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Dutch C-G Willem Cosijn and a rooftop projection for all of Sydney to see.

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SBS Video – First contact memorial the Duyfken – 30-5-2013

The “First Contact Memorial” was unveiled in Mapoon (QLD) on 27 May 2013 by Australian and Dutch officials. It was the first point of contact for Europeans and Aboriginal people in 1606 which ended badly. In three years time (2016) we will be remembering the voyage of Dirk Hartog to WA. It was high time to repair and remember that first contact with the original inhabitants.( Ambassador Annemiek Ruigrok and Mr Fred de Graaf from the Dutch senate).

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SBS Video – Dutch folkdance teacher Andre van de Plas in Canberra 25-7-2016

Dutch folkdancing teacher Andre van de Plas travels once a year to Australia to teach in all the major cities. In Canberra the class was named in honour of 400 years Dirk Hartog.

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