Embassy, Consulate-General and Consulates, Australia

Dirk Hartog 2016

Marking our history, celebrating our future

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. During this special year, many commemorations, celebrations and community activities take place. The Embassy of the Netherlands in Australia invites you to join in on the Dirk Hartog 2016 year.


On 25 October 1616, Dutch VOC captain Dirk Hartog was the first known European to land on the coast of Western Australia with his ship the Eendracht. Near Cape Inscription, on what is now called Dirk Hartog Island, in the Shark Bay area, Hartog left an inscripted pewter plate to mark his discovery; now considered the oldest known European object ever found on Australian soil.

Dirk Hartog website

The Embassy has initiated a Dirk Hartog 2016 website, a platform for anyone interested in the commemorations and celebrations in the run up to and during 2016. Find out more about the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing and share your event or story with us. www.dirkhartog2016.nl

Dirk on Twitter

Stay up to date on Dirk Hartog 2016 by following @DirkHartog2016 on Twitter. #DirkHartog2016 | #DH2016 | #Sharedheritage