As Duyfken awaits the gala arrival on Sunday 23 September, maybe it is a good time to look back at the wonderful times the Duyfken project has enjoyed in Fremantle.
Here's a quick list:
1993 – Michael Young gathers few like-minded individuals to his house in East Fremantle for a coffee and Dutch biscuits to have a chat about building an unknown ship called Duyfken.
February 1995 – Acting Premier Colin Barnett launches Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation with Michael Kailis as Chairman with the charitable organisation charged to raise funds to build the Duyfken replica.
January 1997 – Prince Willem Alexander of Orange lays the keel of the Duyfken Replica in the grounds of the WA Maritime Museum.
January 1999 – Duyfken is moved by road in a grand parade down Market Street to Fremantle Boatlifters and is launched
July 1999 – Duyfken sails for the first time on Gage Roads
April 2000 – Duyfken sets sail from Fremantle on the Chevron 2000 Duyfken Expedition
November 2002 – Duyfken is unloaded from a cargo ship in Fremantle Harbour marking the completion of the VOC 2002 Duyfken Voyagie project from Sydney to The Netherlands.
April 2006 – Prime Minister John Howard farewells Duyfken from Fremantle on the Australia on the Map national educational tour marking the 400th anniversary of the original voyage of discovery.
23 September 2012 – Duyfken completes circumnavigation of Australian continent begun on 6 April 2006!
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation