DACC 17th Century Dutch Maps Exhibition, Erina NSW Australia

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre in Smithfield, NSW would like to share the following information:

17th Century Dutch Maps Exhibition in Foyer of Erina Fair Library, NSW Australia

9 December 2016 to 20 January 2017

The board of the DACC will be presenting a display of 30 full size replicas of 17th century Dutch maps that illustrate the progress of early Dutch mapping of the Australian coastline by VOC mariners and cartographers. Most of the originals of these maps are kept in the National Library but are rarely exhibited publicly. All of this mapping was done 130 – 150 years before James Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770. The Great Southland’s mapping by Europeans makes very interesting history.

The secretary of the DACC, Pearl Beach resident Klaas Woldring will be available on Thursdays from 10 -12 AM to provide further information.

About the DACC (Dutch Australian Cultural Centre)

The Centre was established in 1983 by the Federation of Dutch Associations and formed as a company limited by guarantee in 1984. The Centre was formed to establish a central organization with the following two main aims:

1. To preserve the rich history of Dutch contact with, and immigration to, Australia;
2. To set up a resources facility for anyone wanting information regarding the Netherlands, its people and their traditions.

More information: http://www.dacc.net.au

Presentation of Dirk Hartog Tulip in Australia

Dirk Hartog Tulip

To mark the Dirk Hartog 2016 anniversary year, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra is proud to present the official Dirk Hartog tulip.

The Dirk Hartog tulip was presented to His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, by Her Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia, Erica Schouten, to show gratitude for the warm relationship with the people of Australia.

Dirk Hartog anniversary year

This year is significant because it marks the 400th anniversary of the first European contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dutch Sailor Dirk Hartog made landfall at Dirk Hartog Island in the Shark Bay area, where he left an inscribed pewter plate. To mark this anniversary, many celebrations and commemorations are taking place throughout the year across Australia and the Netherlands.

Dirk Hartog tulip

The Dirk Hartog tulip was cultivated in the Netherlands by Frank Timmerman, owner of plant nursery ‘Goede Tulpen’, which translates as Good Tulips. The tulip, especially selected for its dual shade of orange, has travelled over 16,500 kilometres to be at Floriade in Canberra, which is roughly the same route as Dirk Hartog took to Australia.

Dutch traditions

Floriade was the brainchild of Christiaan Slotemaker de Bruine, a Dutch Landscape Architect in Canberra. He commenced the design of Floriade in 1986 and based it on the world famous ‘Keukenhof’ garden in The Netherlands.

For the celebratory event, the tulip was baptised by the Governor-General, Lady Cosgrove and the Ambassador with special Dirk Hartog wine per Dutch tradition.

Tulips from the Netherlands

Tulips came to the Netherlands in the beginning of the 17th century. A few years after Dirk Hartog died, there was a real ‘tulip mania’ in the Netherlands. Tulips and tulip bulbs were very rare and expensive – some had the same value as a house.

Nowadays, the Netherlands is famous for its horticulture, including leading the export of tulips and tulip bulbs. Horticulture will be one of the topics of conversation during the parallel trade mission later this year, coinciding with the Royal Visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Source: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra

Bridging the Distance website: over 300,000 Australians have Dutch roots – are you one?

I was just on Twitter and discovered this fabulous new website called “Bridging the Distance”.  It opens with the fact that over 300,00 Australians have Dutch roots.  Are you one?

This beautifully-designed site is part of the 2016 Dirk Hartog celebrations this year.  You can find some earlier posts I’ve already published so far about that here:

The official Dirk Hartog website is here:

I still need to take a better look through the site, but it’s lovely – lots of interesting information, beautiful images and stories of those with a connection between the two countries.  I’ve long been fascinated with this topic, which was one of the inspirations to start this website with my own first post in 2010:

Over the last few years, I’ve also collected and shared stories of Dutch Australians, which you can find here:

Share your story as part of the official Dirk Hartog project here (and read some others that are already there)

Let’s continue to celebrate our Dutch Australian relationship and connections, in this Dirk Hartog year, and beyond!  After all, I’m currently raising two little Dutch Australians who have dual nationality and have experienced life in both countries.

I have also noticed that much of the information for these celebrations are in English, no doubt to include all of those who have Dutch roots but have not (yet) learned the language.  Also, the Dutch are renowned for also mastering English well along with Nederlands.  However, personally, I feel it’s important to continue to raise children bilingually where possible and you can read more about that here:

Ik leer ook het Nederlands en kan het vrij goed spreken, verstaan en lezen maar (nog) niet zo goed schrijven!  Dus schrijf ik zelf in het Engles, maar comments en artikelen zijn altijd welkom op deze website in beide talen!


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Dutch TV episode and lesson plan – Becoming a mum in Melbourne

Dutch TV is a weekly television program on community TV Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong (Australia) and Foxtel Aurora. (Australia wide) We have been broadcasting for 4 years.  The program is about Dutch people living in Australia and is presented mostly in Dutch with English subtitles so that we can connect to everyone who has a link with the Netherlands.  We cover topics such as Dutch culture in Australia, shared heritage and new topics from Holland.

8 May 2016 episode

Becoming a mum overseas is a series of profiles of mums who live in different suburbs in Melbourne. They tell their stories having a baby overseas in their suburb. This is the first interview with lots of tips in this segment; mothergroup, baby cinema, coffeeshops etc.   Later in the video, Watblief teaches up what a particular Dutch expressions means, and there is a Tedx talk from TEDxAmsterdam.

You can find out more about Dutch TV and watch plenty of previous episodes here:

Website: http://www.dutchtvonline.com/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Dutchtvonline/

Watching Dutch TV is an excellent opportunity to work on improving your Nederlands.  For this episode, Carole has also created a lesson plan which you can work through.  You can download a copy of the Word Document by clicking on the image below:

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We’d love to know if you find that useful, and can create more to correspond with future or even past episodes of Dutch TV.



More Dirk Hartog 2016 initiatives around Australia

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney proudly announce their support to four new Dirk Hartog 2016 projects.

Art installation Spice Winds at VIVID 2016 | Sydney

In celebration of our Dirk Hartog year, Dutch-Australian art installation Spice Winds will light up Circular Quay during Vivid Sydney! This installation is the result of a collaboration between designer teams Studio Toer (NL) and mcdermottbaxter (AUS). Spice Winds uses way finding directional lights and the kinetic energy of wind to pay homage to the early Dutch sailors and their skills in traversing the treacherous seas along the so-called Roaring Forties; strong western winds in the Southern Hemisphere. Flags of orange direct the lights to illuminate the surroundings and the audience. Spice Winds is supported by Philips and the Dutch Diplomatic Missions in Australia.www.dirkhartog2016.nl/news/activities/2016/may/27/spice-winds

Hartog Commemorative Voyage of the Duyfken | Various locations in Western Australia

The Duyfken replica will depart Fremantle Harbour in August 2016 to begin its Hartog Commemorative Voyage to Shark Bay. During the voyage Duyfken will visit several ports on the west coast of Australia to interact with the communities of Bunbury, Mandurah, Hillarys, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton, and Denham, culminating with the official ceremony at Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island, on October 25, 2016. www.dirkhartog2016.nl/news/activities/2016/august/30/duyfken

Exhibition | The Dutch Are Coming | Hobart

In 2017 it will be 375 years ago since Dutch explorer Abel Tasman reached Van Diemen’s Land, nowadays Tasmania. To connect Dirk Hartog 2016 with the Abel Tasman commemorative year in 2017, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) and the Tasmania Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) will present an exhibition entitled ‘The Dutch Are Coming’. The exhibition presents items connected with the early Dutch explorations in the Southern Ocean and Abel Tasman’s journey to Tasmania and New Zealand. ‘The Dutch Are Coming’ will debut in late 2016 and expand into a major exhibition on ‘The Early Dutch Explorers’, which will run through the period of the AWBF in February 2017. www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au

Dirk Hartog booklet | Australia

In cooperation with senior lecturer in maritime archaeology at Flinders University Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde and the Western Australian Museum, the Embassy will release a new publication about Dirk Hartog in October. This free booklet will shine a light on the life and seafaring adventures of Dirk Hartog as well as his ship, the plate he left behind at Cape Inscription, and other contemporary inscriptions.

More information about Dirk Hartog 2016

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Cape Inscription, in the Shark Bay area. Visit the Dirk Hartog 2016 website for more information about the anniversary and an overview of upcoming events. For enquiries, please contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, via the cultural affairs and public diplomacy section, tel: + 61 (0)2 6220 9400 or can-pcz@minbuza.nl