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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Federal Member for Kingston
Kym Richardson, MP

18 May 2006

Duyfken arrives in Port Adelaide today - SA shipwrecks funding announced

Thousands of people will have a rare opportunity to experience a working 16th century vessel with the arrival today into Port Adelaide of a replica of the Dutch ‘jacht’ Duyfken.

The Duyfken is undertaking a 12,000km voyage to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first documented European contact with Australia. She will be moored at Queens Wharf, near the Port Adelaide Lighthouse until 29 May.

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 - will 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 350km of Australia’s coastline, along the western shore of Cape York to Cape Keerweer. It was the beginning of the charting of Australia’s 25,000km coastline; a coastline that today is rich in natural, historical and Indigenous heritage treasures.”

Federal Member for Kingston, Kym Richardson MP , welcomed Duyfken to Port Adelaide, and said over the next 11 days the almost forgotten story of our early European visitors will be brought to life.

“The Duyfken visit will enable school children and 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 for school tours between 9am and midday weekdays. Public can visit the vessel between midday and 5pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends.

The Australian Government has provided major sponsorship of $495,000 for the journey, which is the centrepiece of the Government’s 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.

Shipwrecks funding to explore SA’s maritime heritage

Speaking just as Duyfken moored at Queens Wharf, Mr Richardson said he was pleased to also announced over $60,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s Historic Shipwreck Programme (HSP) to help two South Australian projects explore our maritime heritage.

“More than $20,000 will aid a search of the South Australian coast to locate and protect the anchor of Le Casuarina, an exploration vessel that was purchased in Sydney at the beginning of the 19th century by the French explorer Nicholas Baudin. The ship was originally built in Sydney in the late 18th century.

“An additional $20,200 will fund a survey of the maritime heritage of St Peter Island,” Mr Richardson said.

Funding will also assist the administration of the Historic Shipwrecks Act in South Australia, to help ensure our nation’s maritime heritage is protected and conserved for future generations.

“Australia’s coast is scattered with thousands of wrecks. They are an invaluable and irreplaceable resource. The Historic Shipwreck Programme enables those wrecks to be preserved and most importantly studied to provide greater insight into Australia’s history,” he said.

For more information about the Historic Shipwrecks Programme and funded projects visit

For further information on Duyfken, or to read the Captain’s log, visiw

Media contact:
Marianne McCabe (Minister Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580
Alana Sparrow (Kym Richardson’s office) (08) 8186 4544
Gina Church (Duyfken media enquiries) 0418 818 288

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