Shared Cultural Heritage projects 2016-2019

Over the past years, the Dutch diplomatic missions in Australia have financially supported many projects under the Shared Cultural Heritage programme. On this page we share some examples of those projects.


Balayi Festival celebrates 400 years Houtman Abrolhos
On 28 and 29 July 2019, Western Australia will mark 400 years since the first European set foot on the Houtman Abrolhos at the Balayi Festival in Geraldton, organised by the BCMHA - Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association Inc. The BCMHA will also be working with the Rijksmuseum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Dutch photographer Geert Snoeijer.

Visualising unique 17th century Batavia silverware
The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum will partner up with the University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch National Archives to create 3D scans to visualise and analyse the unique collection of 17th century Amsterdam silverware that was found in the shipwreck of the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) flagship ‘Batavia’.


The influence of Dutch migrants on Australian football
Adam Muyt, a second-generation Dutch-Australian writer, is piecing together the history of Dutch involvement in Australian football.

Preserving migrant histories for future generations
In August, the National Archives of Australia and of the Netherlands launched a joint Shared Cultural Heritage Project at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Boost for maritime heritage projects
In March, the renowned Dutch maritime archaeologist Martijn Manders visited Australia to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime heritage.

Dirk Hartog Plate’s grand tour of Down Under
The Dirk Hartog Plate, the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil, has travelled to Australia and is now safely back in its resting place.


Ship Shapes – archaeology goes Dutch
Maritime archaeologists from Flinders will use 3D scanning to map in fine detail some of the last remaining 17th and 18th century scale model ships in the Netherlands.

Digital archive of shipwreck journals
Journals and documents relating to Dutch East India Company ships and shipwrecks are now online. The journals so far available are written by the Zeewijk's skipper Jan Steijns and second mate Adriaen van de Graeff and the Emeloort's skipper Aucke Pieter Jonck.

The World Ended on Mango Street
The documentary The World Ended on Mango Street is about a long-kept secret of the filmmaker's deceased grandmother who survived a Japanese concentration camp during WWII. It's expected to premiere in 2019.

Dutch-themed Wooden Boat Festival successful
The Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) took place from 10 to 13 February. There were many Dutch-themed activities throughout the 2017 edition of the festival.


Digital Classroom / Dirk Hartog 1616–2016
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Dirk Hartog on the West Australian coast in 1616, the National Library of Australia created an online resource, for year 10 students, aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

The Dirk Hartog plate at the Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World exhibition
Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World was developed by the Western Australian Museum in partnership with the British Museum to mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in Western Australia. One of the highlights in display was the Dirk Hartog Dish (Rijksmuseum, 1616), the  Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s flattened pewter dish, which is the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil.

Illuminating Dirk Hartog
The Australian National Maritime Museum created a roof projection, A chance encounter, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog's landing on the west coast of Australia in the VOC ship Eendracht.