For the historical geographers out there:


For those interested in following the build up to the Hartog 400 anniversary in 2016, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia is coordinating events and sponsoring projects. The following media announcement relates to the launch of the Dirk Hartog 2016 event-sponsor matchmaking platform and website:

Event-sponsor matchmaking
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia and the Consulate General in Sydney support a range of projects during the Dirk Hartog year. In order to have even more projects realised, we would like to include the private sector in the celebrations as well. We have lined up multiple projects that will enhance the Australian-Dutch connection and attribute to telling the Dirk Hartog story. With the private sector’s support, these proposals will become reality and leave a long lasting legacy.

Project list
The Embassy can connect companies with potential project partners by providing a list of activities that are to be organized in Australia or in the Netherlands as part of the Dirk Hartog year and require additional funding or other kinds of support. In return, supporting companies are offered one or more privileges such as logo inclusion, naming rights, invitations, membership, or private use of the outcome of the project. They will furthermore be mentioned as a project sponsor on the official Dirk Hartog website. The list of projects is available upon request by emailing For more information, visit

Dirk Hartog 2016 website
The Dirk Hartog 2016 website was launched on Monday 11 May. This website is an initiative by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia. Our mission is to provide a platform for anyone interested in the commemoration and celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Dirk Hartog in Western Australia.

Find Dirk on Twitter| @DirkHartog2016
The Dirk Hartog 2016 Twitter account was launched by the Embassy on 23 January 2015.
#DirkHartog2016 | #DH2016 | #Sharedheritage

For more information about the anniversary in 2016, please contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, via the cultural affairs and public diplomacy section, tel: + 61 (0)2 6220 9400 or