Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely lady, Koosje Spitz, who is the representative of the Australian Dutch Heritage Cooperation Project at the Brisbane Aprilfest.
(Koosje Spitz photographed here with Captain Kasper Kuiper, Honorary Consul at the Brisbane Consulate of the Netherlands)
The Centre for International Heritage Activities (or Centrum Internationale Erfgoedactiviteiten) has the following mission (taken from their website):
The Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) is an independent, non-profit organization for international knowledge exchange about the heritage of the European expansion and international heritage cooperation. The CIE is involved in the management of international heritage programmes and stimulates academic research on the heritage of the European expansion.
You can visit their website, www.heritage-activites.org to find out more about this great project, which essentially is collecting, collating and sharing information of projects and people who share mutual heritage between The Netherlands and Australia. They do not only focus on Australia, but have also captured this knowledge in many places around the world, showing how far and wide Dutch immigrants have settled internationally.
The following is taken from their website, and you can read the remainder of it by clicking the link above, then selecting “Australia” to be taken to the relevant page:
The connection between The Netherlands and Australia goes back more than 400 years. In 1606 the Dutch East India Company vessel Duyfken went to explore the northeast coast of the then unfamiliar continent Australia. In the years after the expedition of the Duyfken many other visits followed. Most of them were unvolontary confrontations with the Australian westcoast of VOC ships traveling along the so-called Brouwer-route from the Cape to Batavia. This resulted in at least four shipwrecks. The sites of these shipwrecks have been explored in the 20th century which has resulted in a large collection of artefacts.
I look forward to following more about their projects and think this is a great initiative to have a central collection of knowledge on the Dutch connections with the rest of the world.