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400th anniversary of Hartog landing off WA

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016

Western Australia is marking the 400th anniversary of Dutch sea captain Dirk Hartog's landing off the state's coast, where he left behind the oldest physical evidence of European contact with Australia.

Hartog left an inscribed pewter plate detailing his voyage and landfall at the location now known as Cape Inscription on the northwestern tip of WA's largest and most western isle, which was named after him.

The dish is currently on loan from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.

On Tuesday, Culture and Arts Minister John Day will represent Premier Colin Barnett on Dirk Hartog Island, unveiling copies of Hartog's dish and Willem de Vlamingh's dish, which replaced it in 1697.

A replica Dutch ship of the era, the Duyfken, will sit offshore during the ceremony, with attendees including representatives of the Dutch government.

Next week, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will visit WA as part of the commemorations.

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