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″Acknowledging the Past and Sustaining the Present and Future″ 

Ahoy to all the Dutchies in Victoria (Australia)

Three Dutch Tall Ships are making a circumnavigation and wandering the old trade routes. In the wake of Dutch Explorers such as Abel Tasman and Cornelis de Houtman they will pass the three notorious Dutch-named-capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn.  At this very moment the Dutch Tall Ships are cruising in South Coastal Australia waters on their way to Melbourne. 

Melbourne Tall Ships Festival 6th – 14th  of September 2013

Dutch Tall Ships will be in Williamstown on the 7th of September. In addition to voyages along the Australian coast the Tall Ships will offer ticketed day sails and lunch possibilities whilst berthed in Williamstown (see below). Join the fleet for a spectacular day out. Bring the family on the deck under sail or alongside the wharf aboard a traditionally rigged Tall Ship.

Open Ships on Sat 7th and Sun 8th of September 

Watch on Sat the 7th of September the spectacle of three Dutch ships and the Lord Nelson from the UK docking at Seaworks at 10.30am. During our visit to Port Melbourne, the ships will be open to the public for inspection on the Sun 8th of September from 10 am – 5 pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. Everyone is welcome on board where you can admire these historic vessels. The crew will be ready to show you around and answer all of your questions. Tickets will be sold from the Seaworks counter http://www.seaworks.com.au/#special-events-tab

Lunch on the 11th of September

Enjoy a delicious lunch and a good glass of wine on board the Bark Europa on the 11th of September between 11.30 h – 2 pm for $ 55 per head. (Download the Brochure)

Short day sail on the 9,10 and 11th of September

If you still want to have this unique experience but don’t want to be on the boat the whole day, this is your change. We have put a packages together for a afternoon sailing from 1 – 4 pm for $ 85 dollar per head including afternoon tea. (Download the Brochure)

Admirals Day Sail on the 12th of August

The Dutch Tall Ships are proud to offer an In-Port sailing event open to the public. Get a taste of what it is like to be on board a tall ship - a truly unique and memorable experience. The sail is from 10.00 am  - 3.30 pm and costs $ 149 p.p.  (includes morning tea and a lunch), allowing you to sit back, relax and watch the stunning Southern Australian coastline slip by. For those who like to get involved, you are also welcome to take part in some sailing activities such as raising our sails, taking the helm and going on a ship tour. This sail is a great day out for the whole family and suitable for all ages. Call Cruiseabout Williamstown to enquire on (03) 9397 3177(Download the Brochure)

We hope to welcome you on board!


Australian Dutch Heritage Day Events

Looking ahead to the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Dirk Hartog’s arrival on the coast of Australia the Centre for International Heritage Activities in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Western Australian Museum are organizing the Australian-Dutch Heritage Day.  

20 February 2012         Official opening reception (by invitation only)
                               location: Western Australian Museum - Maritime in Fremantle, Shipwreck Galleries 

21 February 2012         Dutch Heritage Day conference and workshops (by invitation only)
                               location: Western Australian Museum - Maritime in Fremantle, Shipwreck Galleries 

For more information look at this webpage of the website of the Dutch Embassy.


Events about the Bombing of Broome 

Seventy years ago 48 Dutch lost their lives during a bombing attack on the coastal town of Broome in Western Australia (WA), 20 were children. They were fleeing the invasion of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and thought themselves safe in Australia. It was a tragic miscalculation.

in Perth

28 February 2012        Opening of the exhibition ‘The Bombing of Broome’ John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library by Lieutenant Colonel (AF) Herman Verhoef, Defense Attaché Royal Netherlands Embassy Canberra (by invitation only)
                              time: 3pm
                              location: Robertson Library Building 105, Level 2 Lounge, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, WA  
                              However the display is open to the public from

29 February 2012       Memorial service for the victims of the Broome attack, organized by the Associated Netherlands Societies of Western Australia (WA) by Lieutenant Colonel (AF) Herman Verhoef, Defense Attaché Royal Netherlands Embassy Canberra (by invitation only)
                             time: 9.30am
                             location: Dutch annex of the Perth War Cemetery, Karrakatta, WA 

29 February 2012       Talks and view an exhibition about the attack on Broome (Public Event) (Drinks and a light lunch are available at the clubhouse)
                             time: 11am-3pm 
                             location: Neerlandia Clubhouse, 236 Cambridge Street, Wembley, WA 

in Broom

2 March 2012           Press conference at Broome Mercure Hotel

2 March 2012           Civic Reception Broome

3 March 2012           Memorial Service Broome


Zuytdorp 1712 – 2012 the 300 year commemoration

The Dutch East India Company's Zuytdorp came to a shuddering halt on Western Australia's remote Murchison coast between Kalbarri and Shark Bay, possibly sometime in June 1712. We can't say for sure, because the precise circumstances of the wreck event remain a mystery. Unlike the four other Dutch and English East India Company vessels known to have sailed too far east and come to grief on the WA coast, no survivors from the Zuytdorp reached Batavia to tell the tale. A number of activities are planned that include a conference in Fremantle and Kalbarri and the Kalbarri Zest festival. Update of times and places will be provided as information comes to hand.





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