The Hartog Plate

Dirk Hartog plate, 1600–1616. Reproduced courtesy Rijksmuseum

Don’t miss this rare chance to see the original Hartog plate, on loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to mark 400 years since Hartog’s historic landing.

  • About

    About

    5 May - 29 October 2017

    On 25 October 1616, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog sailed into history when he made the first documented European landing on the west coast of Australia in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Eendracht. Hartog and his crew left an inscribed pewter plate in Shark Bay, Western Australia, as a testimony of their visit. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the original Hartog plate, on loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to mark 400 years since Hartog’s historic landing.

    In keeping with the Dutch theme at the museum The Batavia Tapestry is currently showing in the the Tasman Light gallery- an intriguing new large-scale embroidered work by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse illustrating the tragic story of the wreck of the VOC flagship Batavia in 1629.

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    Kingdom of the Netherlands  Dirk Hartog 1616-2016 Marking history, celebrating our future

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    Willem Cosijn (Consul-General of the Netherlands) addresses guests at the launch of the Hartog plateGuests view the Hartog plate, on loan from the Rijksmuseum.Michael Harvey, Tamar Davidowitz (Rijksmuseum metals conservator) and Willem Cosijn (Consul-General of the Netherlands)Tamar Davidowitz, Neridah Wyatt-Spratt, Dorine Tolley and Kim Tao.
  • Batavia Tapestry

    Batavia Tapestry

    5 May to 29 October 2017

    Batavia was wrecked on its maiden voyage to the East Indies (now Indonesia), carrying more than 300 people along with a valuable cargo of trading goods. The ensuing tale of mutiny, mayhem and massacre remains one of the darkest chapters in Australia’s maritime history.

    Part of the Free Galleries Ticket

    The Batavia Tapestry - embroidered work by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse illustrating the tragic story of the wreck of the VOC flagship Batavia in 1629