Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge
State Library of WA | Ground Floor Gallery
24 June – 25 September 2016
More info: http://slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/exhibitions
From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present migrant connections, Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge draws stories from the collections in the State Library. Whether seeking trade, refuge or opportunity the Dutch, like others to land on our shores, have helped shape Western Australia.
The State Library’s exhibition looks beyond the early maritime history to include stories of recent Dutch military history and migrant journeys to WA.
The exhibition is the State Library’s contribution to the recognition of the 400th Anniversary of the European discovery of the west coast of the Australian continent. Dirk Hartog landed in the Eendracht at Cape Inscription, Shark Bay on 25 October 1616.
Many items from the State Library collection are so precious that the Library cannot put them on public display. However, with technology, we can bring these pieces to our audience in other ways both physically in the exhibition and on-line through the catalogue.