The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra welcomes project proposals for initiatives in the field of Dutch-Australian cultural heritage to be initiated in 2018.
The historical ties that bind the Netherlands and Australia date back to the early 17th century, when Dutch VOC ships were the first to map and chart the Australian continent. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch captain Dirk Hartog on the westcoast of Australia in 1616. This historical event occurred 10 years after the first documented contact with the indigenous people of Australia by Dutch captain Willem Janszoon with his VOC vessel Duyfken in 1606.
The connection between our countries, further intensified by other Dutch explorers such as Abel Tasman and Willem de Vlamingh, became stronger over time as Australia welcomed many Dutch migrants, especially in the aftermath of World War II, a war that strengthened the ties between our countries through our military alliance. With the waves of migration after that war, thousands of Dutch men, women and children became part of the Australian society, many of them starting up business and consequently leaving traces of mercantile heritage.
The Dutch Diplomatic missions in Australia commit themselves to the sustainable preservation and promotion of this Dutch-Australian heritage, gathered together as the so-called 4 M’s: Maritime, Migrant, Military and Mercantile heritage.
With this call for proposals, the Embassy in Canberra calls for initiatives that support this goal through cooperation between Dutch and Australian organisations, resulting in innovative projects that help preserve and raise the awareness of our shared tangible and intangible heritage in Australia.
The Call for Proposals and application form can be found on their website: