The Duyfken Comes Home

The Duyfken Comes Home

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

State Government Welcomes Home Duyfken

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  • State Govt financial support enables Duyfken replica to return to Perth
  • Ship to become tourist attraction and ‘living history’ educational facility
  • Duyfken replica built in WA in 1990s with Govt support

Premier Colin Barnett has welcomed the Duyfken 1606 replica back to Western Australia where it will now make its home.

Speaking at a ‘welcome home’ event at Victoria Quay in Fremantle this morning, Premier Barnett said he was delighted to see the ship back in WA waters.

“The State of Western Australia is very pleased to welcome the Duyfken replica back to Fremantle after so many years away from Perth and after what I understand has been a very challenging sail heading south down the coast.” Premier Barnett said.

“The Duyfken replica was built in Perth and it is fitting this ship will now make its home here.”

“The State Government made $260,000 available to bring the Duyfken replica back to Perth from Sydney and has also committed $125,000 (indexed) a year for the next 10 years to enable the ship to stay here. We have also allocated two employees to help run the enterprise.”

The original Duyfken’s landing at Cape York in 1606 is the first authenticated contact between Europeans and indigenous Australians.

“It will be a great tourist attraction and a brilliant piece of living history for WA school children to learn something about the early days of the maritime exploration of Australia’s coast.” the Premier said.

“The WA Government is proud to support the Duyfken’s return.”

Fact File

  • The Duyfken, a Dutch East India Company ship, sailed by Capt Willem Janszoon, visited Australia in 1606, 164 years before Capt Cook landed in Botany Bay
  • Duyfken’s visit marked the start of 150 years of Dutch maritime exploration of Australia, mostly along the WA coast