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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Federal Member for Corangamite
Stewart McArthur MP
15 June 2006
Thousands of people will have a rare opportunity to experience a working 16th century vessel with the arrival today into Geelong of a replica of the Dutch ship Duyfken.
The Duyfken is undertaking a 12,000 km voyage to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first documented European contact with Australia. She will be moored at Steam Packet Quay until 20 June.
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said this important journey – which will see Duyfken stop at 25 ports around the country – would highlight our early maritime history.
“In 1606, Captain Willem Janszoon and his crew onboard Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold – but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia,” Senator Campbell said.
“Willem Janszoon mapped the first 350 km of Australia’s coastline, along the western shore of Cape York to Cape Keerweer. It was the beginning of the charting of Australia’s 25,000 km coastline; a coastline that today is rich in natural, historical and Indigenous heritage treasures.”
Federal Member for Corangamite, Stewart McArthur MP, welcomed Duyfken to Geelong, and said over the next five days the almost forgotten story of our early European visitors will be brought to life.
“The Duyfken visit will enable the public to learn more about a defining period in our heritage that saw the ‘Little Dove’ sail into our history and put Australia on the map,” he said.
Duyfken will be open to the public between 9am and 5pm.
The Australian Government has provided major sponsorship of $495,000 for the journey, which is the centrepiece of its 2006 focus on coastal and maritime heritage. The voyage is a partnership between the Australian Government, the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation, and volunteer group Australia on the Map 1606-2006.
For further information on Duyfken, or to read the Captain’s log, visit www.duyfken.com
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell’s office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Simon Price (Mr McArthur’s office) 03 5243 8766