A festival of music, art, culture and history.
2016 will mark 400 years since Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made landfall on an Island off the coast of Western Australia, known now as Dirk Hartog Island. The explorer left a pewter plate as a mark of his discovery, which is the earliest known evidence left of a European in Australia.
To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Shire of Shark Bay together with the State Government of Western Australia present the Dirk Hartog Voyage Of Discovery: Shark Bay 1616 Festival.
In October 2016, Shark Bay will play host to a week of unique cultural celebrations that will take place in honour of this anniversary including arts, food and historical events.
Dirk Hartog Born in Amsterdam in October, 1580.
Formation of the United Dutch East India Company (Verenig de Oostindische Compagnie—VOC)
Dirk Hartog becomes the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil on land now known as Dirk Hartog Island.
Willem Jansz (of the Duyfken) and skipper Lenaert Jacobsz on the west coast of Australia in the area of Exmouth (latitude 22°S)
Captain Klaas Hermanszoon charts more of Western Australia, south of Shark Bay.
An expedition under the command of Willem de Vlamingh is dispatched to explore New Holland. They land on Dirk Hartog Island where de Vlamingh retrieves Hartog’s plate and leaves his own behind, before heading for Batavia.
English contact with Australia. William Dampier returns, names Shark Bay.
Willem de Vlamingh honoured on a postage stamp issued by Australia Post featuring his ship
The Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 event program will take place from October 21 to 25 2016 to commemorate the first landing of Dutch Discoverer Dirk Hartog on the Island off Shark Bay.