The Dutch were 350 years in Indonesia, which achieved independence in 1949. In 1602 the Vereenigde Oost Indische Company( VOC ) was formed to start the spice trade which the Portuguese had maintained for 100 years already. It was the first multi-national company and the first company financed by shares, in the world. The Dutch were the middlemen in that period who distributed the spices throughout Europe, from Lisbon. The 80-years war between the Netherlands and Spain (1568 – 1648) made the continuation of that role impossible and the Dutch then decided to venture out to the Indies themselves. The VOC lasted until around 1800 when the Dutch Government took over the colonial administration until after WWII. The history of that Dutch involvement is contained in the story the Duyfken’s landing in 1606 on the West Coast of Cape York; Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay where he left the famous pewter plate in 1616; and the horrific story of the sinking of and the mutiny on the Batavia in 1629.

Duyfken attacked by Aboriginals at “Keer Weer”
Duyfken attacked by Aboriginals at “Keer Weer”
‘Murriland! #1” 2015-2017 – an oil on canvass painting by Gordon Hookey about the colonialisation of Australia at the HOA
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Newsletter VOCHS July-Aug 2021
Newsletter VOCHS July-Aug 2021
VOC Historical Society Perth
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DACC Paper-based ARCHIVES
DACC Paper-based ARCHIVES
The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre was founded in 1983 and gives as its aims and objectives in its mission statement,
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Nederland overhandigt VOC-schat aan Australië 9-11-2010
Nederland overhandigt VOC-schat aan Australië
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Nieuwe mogelijkheden Australisch-Nederlandse erfgoedsamenwerking 17-12-2012
Nieuwe mogelijkheden Australisch-Nederlandse erfgoedsamenwerking
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Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
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Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst 11-6-2014
Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst 11-6-2014
Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst
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Australische archeologen op zoek naar Nederlands VOC-wrak ‘Fortuyn 16-1-2015
Australische archeologen op zoek naar Nederlands VOC-wrak ‘Fortuyn 16-1-2015
Australische archeologen op zoek naar Nederlands VOC-wrak ‘Fortuyn’
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Zeldzame wereldkaart van Joan Blaeu in Het Scheepvaartmuseum 4-3-2017
Zeldzame wereldkaart van Joan Blaeu in Het Scheepvaartmuseum 4-3-2017
Zeldzame wereldkaart van Joan Blaeu in Het Scheepvaartmuseum
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Mysteries van het VOC-schip Batavia verder ontrafeld: Nieuw massagraf ontdekt op Beacon Island 20-11-2017
Mysteries van het VOC-schip Batavia verder ontrafeld: Nieuw massagraf ontdekt op Beacon Island 20-11-2017
Mysteries van het VOC-schip Batavia verder ontrafeld: Nieuw massagraf ontdekt op Beacon Island
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Graf met opvarenden Batavia gevonden 3-11-2017
Graf met opvarenden Batavia gevonden 3-11-2017
Graf met opvarenden Batavia gevonden
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Jenevermuseum wil oudste flessenpost ter wereld naar Nederland halen 7-3-2018
Jenevermuseum wil oudste flessenpost ter wereld naar Nederland halen
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Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Cartografie & Curiosa 8-5-2019
Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Cartografie & Curiosa 8-5-2019
Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Cartografie & Curiosa
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Beeldsnijwerk Pieter Jacobsz vertrekt naar Australië 9-11-2016
Beeldsnijwerk Pieter Jacobsz vertrekt naar Australië 9-11-2016
Beeldsnijwerk Pieter Jacobsz vertrekt naar Australië
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Nederland en Australië slaan nieuwe koers in voor maritiem erfgoed 18-9-2017
Nederland en Australië slaan nieuwe koers in voor maritiem erfgoed
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Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië 7-3-2018
Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië 7-3-2018
Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië
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SBS Video – Peter FitzSimons Talks Batavia 5-4-2016
Peter Fitzsimons with a gruesome tale from Australia's maritime history, taken from ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler. This is a
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SBS Video - Dirk Hartog lecture at Maritime museum 21-10-2016
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
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SBS Video – The Duyfken before it leaves Sydney on 3-4-12 for Queensland
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SBS Video – Broome March 1942 – Pilot Henk Hasselo and Navigator Frits van Hulsen remember. 8-3-2012
For many years it was a forgotten day in the Dutch and Australian history books.This year a few of the
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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
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SBS Video – Peter FitzSimons at SBS Radio/Dutch about his book Batavia 29-3-2011
How much Dutch and Australian history are intertwined is clear from an entertaining interview Peter gave to SBS Radio /Dutch
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SBS Video – Broome honours the fallen and survivors of 1942 – 7-3-2012
3 March 1942, the Japanese attack on Broome. 70 years later the WA government, Federal Australian, Dutch and American governments
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SBS Video – Peter FitzSimons on SBS Radio about the Batavia’s significance 5-4-2011
If a Dutch fort and gallows were the first permanent European structures on Australian soil - why aren't the Dutch
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Newsletter May-June 2021
Newsletter May-June 2021
VOC Historical Society, Perth
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VOCHS Monthly Newsletter Nov 2015
VOCHS Monthly Newsletter Nov 2015
VOC Historical Society Perth
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New Holland Bulletin - March 2021
New Holland Bulletin – March 2021
Thomas Vanderveldt, VOC historian in West Australia
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New Holland Bulletin - March 2021
New Holland Bulletin – March 2021
Thomas Vanderveldt, VOC historian in West Australia
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New Holland Bulletin July 2018
New Holland Bulletin July 2018
Thomas Vanderveldt, VOC historian in West Australia
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New Holland Bulletin - July 2014
New Holland Bulletin – July 2014
Thomas Vanderveldt, VOC historian in West Australia
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Photo Gun Island Houtman Abrolhos -  2019
Photo Gun Island Houtman Abrolhos – 2019
Where the Zeewijk was wrecked in 1727
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Photo Denham Discovery Centre – 2019
Photo Denham Discovery Centre – 2019
Artefacts from the Zuytdorp at the
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Photo Kalbarri WA - 2019
Photo Kalbarri WA – 2019
Zuytdorp shipswreck site
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Photo Kalbari WA - 2019
Photo Kalbari WA – 2019
Zuytdorp shipswreck site
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Photo Kalbari WA - 2019
Photo Kalbari WA – 2019
Zuytdorp shipswreck site
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Painting - Portrait of Abel Tasman his wife and daughter  - c 1637
Painting – Portrait of Abel Tasman his wife and daughter – c 1637
Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp , oil on canvas, On loan to the National Gallery of Australia from the Rex Nan Kivell
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Photo – The shipwreck gallery in the Museum of Geraldon – 2019
Photo – The shipwreck gallery in the Museum of Geraldon – 2019
Sandstone portico that was transported as ballast in the hull of the Batavia. It was transported to Batavia for one
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Photo – The shipwreck gallery in the Museum of Geraldon – 2019
Photo – The shipwreck gallery in the Museum of Geraldon – 2019
Replica of Batavia’s long boat that Pelsaert sailed to Java.
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Photo Batavia Park - Geraldton -2019
Photo Batavia Park – Geraldton -2019
Replica Wiebe Haye’s fortress
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