Vlamingh Expedition plaque

Vlamingh Expedition plaque, Cottesloe, public art 

Public Art: Vlamingh Expedition plaque

Also Known As : Vlamingh Landing plaque

Description:

Date Unveiled: The Willem de Vlamingh Expedition plaque was unveiled on the 16th of November, 1997, by Colin Barnett the Member of Cottelsoe and Graham Kierath the then Minister for Planning, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Vlamingh landing and to establish "The Vlamingh Parklands"

Location: The Vlamingh Expedition plaque can be found near the Vlamingh obelisk along Marine Parade, Cottesloe, Western Australia.

Inscription:

It was at or near this location that Dutchman William De Vlamingh, together with 85 crew of the ships "Geelvink", "Nijptangh" and "Weseltje" came ashore on 5th January, 1697 to become the first Europeans to visit and explore the south west of what was then known as "New Holland".

After camping overnight at what is now Freshwater Bay the espedition split into three groups and moved overland in Proximity to the river. The expedition moved upstream as far as present day Dalkeith before returning to the coast.

On 7th January Vlamingh and his men discovered black swans and the mouth of the river which they named the Black Swan River. Following this the party returned to the ships. On 10th January , forty men returned with four longboats for investigation upstream in the river. The expedition extended as far as what is now Heirisson Island on Perth Water.

The expedition left the area on 13 January and headed north for Batavia, charting the coast as they went.

The plaque has been laid on 16th November 1997 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Vlamingh landing and to establish "The Vlamingh Parklands" in recognition of the expedition.

Vlamingh Trivia: On December 29, 1696 de Vlamingh landed on Rottnest Island and saw what he thought were large rats so called the place the Dutch equivalent of 'rats' nest'. Turns out those rats were just cute little quokkas.

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