Dirck Hartogh

The first visit by Dirck Hartogh in his Dutch ship d' Eendracht moored off Shark Bay and landed on what is now Dirk Hartog Island.  As a record of his visit he nailed a pewter plate onto a wooden post with the message:

On the 25th October, arrived here the ship Eendracht of Amsterdam; 

the first merchant, Gilles Mibais, of Luyck; Captain DirkHartog; 

of Amsterdam; the 27th ditto set sail for Bantam; undermerchant

Jan Stoyn, upper steersman, Pieter Dockes, from Bil, Ao, 1616.

More on how Hartog discovered Western Australia

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Dirk Hartog Plate

In 1697, Willem de Vlamingh landed upon the island and took down Dirk Hartog's plate, replacing it with his own - but including the original text in the top part and his own at the bottom.  The original plate was taken back to The Netherlands.

For October 2016, plans are under way to accentuate the "discovery" of the western part of New Holland - so quoted by Captain James Cook:

" [since I] sic. may land no more upon this Eastern coast of New Holland, and on the Western side I can make no new discovery the honour of which belongs to the Dutch navigators and as such they may lay Claim to it as their property." 

                                                                            Journal, 22 August 1770 p 387, n. 4

Australians on the East side of the continent are very proud of their history, and rightly so.  However, the history of the West Coast is not so well known because of sheer distance, something that will now be made more widely known.

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