Just landed – Our keynote speaker on the Hartog 400th Anniversary

The third Keynote speaker at our Annual conference in September will be Dr van Duivenvoorde who will be giving a presentation on Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia (1616–2016): An Archaeological and Historical Context.

Location Of Hartog Inscription Plate - Victor Victorsz NL

Location Of Hartog Inscription Plate – Victor Victorsz NL

This year marks the quadricentennial of the first confirmed European arrival in Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog and his crew landed at the northern tip of what is known today as Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay.  One of the most significant early European sites in Australia, his crew left behind a pewter plate as a testimony of their arrival and departure. This presentation discusses Hartog’s life, his reputation and experience as an accomplished seafarer, and even suggests that he purposely navigated into Australian waters.  It also investigates the archaeological and historical context of the Hartog Inscription Plate—now featured in the Rijksmuseum collection.  Emphasising the nature of similar monuments left by European explorers in the Indian Ocean region and contemporary ship communication practices, it places Hartog and the Inscription plate into the broader setting of seventeenth-century Dutch seafaring activities and exploration.

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde is a senior lecturer in maritime archaeology at Flinders University and deputy director of the Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres. She is also affiliated faculty with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. Dr van Duivenvoorde’s research primarily focuses on ships of exploration and Indiamen, and includes the archaeological remains of Western Australia’s Dutch East Indiamen shipwrecks.

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Call for Papers – ANZMapS Annual conference

Encircled by sea: mapping coastal communities of Australia and New Zealand.

The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, September 7 – 9, 2016.

Encircled by sea, Australia and New Zealand share a common history of exploration and settlement along the coastal fringes. The 2016 conference will explore the European discovery and gradual mapping and settlement of Australia and New Zealand and the significant role explorers, surveyors and cartographers have played in shaping and documenting the changing landscapes over more than 200 years. The conference program also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in his vessel the Eendracht off the coast of Shark Bay, on 25 October 1616.

Call for papers

Papers will be considered relating to any historical or contemporary aspects of coastal mapping of Australia and New Zealand from the earliest European discoveries through to the gradual surveying and settlement of coastal cities, towns and communities along our coastlines over the past 400 years.

Papers on general historical or contemporary mapping of Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region will also be considered as providing context and breadth to the conference program.

Please send proposals for 30 minute papers of no more than 300 words to Maggie Patton (maggie.patton@sl.nsw.gov.au) by Monday May 4, 2016. Please include affiliation details.

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