AQWA officially celebrated the arrival of the Duyfken ship to Hillarys on Friday.
Guests to the sundowner enjoyed drinks and canaps before getting a tour of the ship and a look at the upcoming performance as part of the AQWA school holiday program.
The floating museum will be berthed at AQWA until October, bringing its mission of storytelling to Perth’s north.
In early 1606, the small Dutch yacht Duyfken, under the command of Captain Willem Janszoon, sailed from the Spice Islands of Indonesia on a quest to discover new ‘treasures’ in territories that were yet to be identified.
This adventure took the Duyfken southward along the coastline of New Guinea and across the Torres Strait where more by accident rather than good planning, Janszoon and his crew came across the coastline of Australia, entering the history books as the first recorded contact by Europeans of this continent.
To celebrate this historical milestone the building of a replica of the original Duyfken was commissioned in 1995, with the ship being launched in 1999 to share the history of the Dutch maritime adventure and the significance it played in the development of Australia.