Damen ‘Down Under’

Maritime ties between the Netherlands and Australia date back to 1606, When Willem Jansz, Captain of the exploration ship Duyfken, made landfall by chance, mistakenly thinking he was reconnoitering the coast of New Guinea. Jansz was the first European to set foot on Australia’s east coast. But his reception in the Gulf of Carpentaria was less friendly because the navites – Aboriginals, as it later transpired, were less then keen on an encounter with strangers. From 1650 to 1817 the whole continent went under the name of New Holland.

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