"First Contact" Monument Project

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"First Contact" Monument Project
Other name Duyfken Memorial Monument/Weipa Monument
Continent Australia
Countries Australia
Sites Mapoon Shire
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Project duration  till 2013
Contact person Kaspar Kuiper
Monument, Australia, Netherlands

Following the celebrations in 2006, which marked 400 years since the landing of the Duyfken and the visit by the Parliamentary delegation led by Mrs Timmerman-Buck, President of the Dutch Senate, the Netherlands and Queensland Governments decided to join hands for the erection of a memorial marking the "first contact" by the crew of the Duyfken.

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The historical ties between the Netherlands and Australia have resulted in a rich cultural heritage between the two countries. In 1606 the VOC Ship De Duyfken arrived as the first European Ship on the North East Coast of Australia. This first contact was fundamental to the unique historical relations between the Netherland and Australia. Therefore the erection of a memorial at Point Duyfken was proposed. Tangible and intangible references to the Duyfken and the first contacts between the indigenous Australian population are valuable elements in the common cultural heritage. The erection of a Duyfken monument in Weipa can contribute to embracement between the Netherlands and the indigenous population. Narratives on the first contacts are still passed on from generation to generation through the oral history. The monument will be revealed in May 2013.




Involved organisation(s)
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation INC.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia
Australia on the Map: A Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society
Mapoon Shire Council

Funding organisation(s)
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation INC.
Mapoon Shire Council
Rio Tinto Alcan Aluminium Limited, Brisbane, Australia
Bendigo Bank
Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal

Organisations referring to this project
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia

Involved expert(s)
Willem Andreae
Kaspar Kuiper

Experts referring to this project
Willem Andreae
Kaspar Kuiper
Geoff Wharton

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AOTM: Strategic Alliances
AOTM: Documentaries and Feature Films
AOTM Division Website
AOTM: Curriculum Development
AOTM: Translation Projects – Translation of Selected Texts Relating to Early Australian Maritime Contact and Exploration
AOTM: Voyage Representation Project
AOTM: Research on Sailors /Aboriginal interaction in WA
AOTM: Search for Deadwater wreck
AOTM: 2016 - Hartog 400
AOTM: Explorers Commemorative Area in Parliamentary Triangle
AOTM: National Events Corporation
AOTM: The “Strangers on the Shore” conference
The Commemorative Voyage of the Duyfken in Fremantle
AOTM: "Connections: 400 years of Australian-Dutch maritime links" Conference
Launch "From Southland to New Holland: Dutch Charting of Australia 1606-2006" website
The "Western Edge" Exhibition
The "South Australia on the Map: 1606-2006" Exhibition
Visit Crown Prince Willem Alexander van Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands to Australia
Development of the Website of the Victorian Steering Committee of Australia on the Map 1606-2007
Visit of the Parliamentary delegation to historic areas of the Cape York Penisula and Re-opening of the Western Cape Cultural Centre
The “Exploring the Southland: Maps and Charts from the Lamprell Collection” exhibition
Mapping sciences Institute of Australia Conference, 400 Years of Mapping Australia

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