From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present migrant connections, Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge draws stories from the collections in the State Library.

Whether seeking trade, refuge or opportunity the Dutch, like others to land on our shores, have helped shape Western Australia. This exhibition looks beyond the early maritime history to include stories of recent Dutch military history and migrant journeys to WA, and is the State Library’s contribution to the 400th Anniversary of the European discovery of the west coast of the Australian continent.

Many items from the State Library collection are so precious that the Library cannot put them on public display. However, with technology, they can bring these pieces to their audience in other ways both physically in the exhibition and on-line through the catalogue.

This free exhibition runs from Friday 24 June to Sunday 25 September in the State Library’s Ground Floor Gallery.


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State Library of WA

Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000

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