Welcome to a new site

Welcome to a new website with a new owner. The previous website’s subject was about the anniversary of friendship between Netherlands and Australia.

In March 1606 the Duyfken, a small ship owned by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), that had been sent out to explore the unknown waters south of New Guinea, chanced upon unknown territory. The continent that captain Willem Jansz had “found”, was Australia. Welcome to the website of the commemoration of four hundred years of bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Australia. 2006 marks the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Australia. The year will be celebrated both in Australia and the Netherlands.

On this website you will find information about the different activities that will take place, as well as background information on the history of the relations between our two countries. Use this website to enrich your understanding of the Dutch-Australian relationship and to find out details of events in which you can participate. We look forward to sharing this exciting year with you!

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