Here is a printout of the mental notes I made while sitting in the foyer of the Jupiter Hotel waiting for my speaking engagement with the Rotary Club of Townsville. Start with a bit of history. Around the end of the 16th century the Dutch get rebellious with the Portuguese and Spanish and decide to get amongst the spice trade themselves. Duyken's role in the battle of Bantam on her first voyage to the Indies, and Amboynia on her second. Then the voyage of discovery in 1605-6, looking for Nova Guinea, the mythical land of gold. Arrival in Australia 164 years before Cook. Keep it brief. Don't put them to sleep before you start. Cut to the late 20th century. The Endeavour replica is finished. What next? Michael Young's idea to build Duyfken, Michael Kailis chairs foundation. How the ship was built, fire-bending planks, plank first construction using European oak. Experimental archaeology. Don't get too technical. Not everyone is a sawdust-junkie. Once the ship was built, what next? A re-enactment of the voyage of discovery, what else? Rhetorical question: How were we going to be received in our ports of call? In Kupang, West Timor, where Australians are not popular at the moment? In Solor and Flores, where Dutch colonialism is not remembered fondly? In Banda, where VOC Governor Coen committed genocide? In Irian Jaya, after we had already cleared customs out of Indonesia, and where we had no permit to visit in any case? In the Pennefather River on Cape York Peninsula, where the Duyfken visit and bloody aftermath is still remembered in oral history? Recount the warm welcome we received in all these places. Embellish with colourful details. Plenty of anecdotes to choose from. Remember: only allowed fifteen minutes plus five minutes for questions. Explain the significance of asking permission to land at Pennefather River. Recount story of Silas Wolmbi at Cape Keerweer. Mention tears in eyes. Work that audience. Move them. Conclusion: re-enactments are like oral history. We re-tell our stories to keep them alive. Even if they are tragic stories involving bloodshed, people like to re-tell them from time to time. Stories acknowledge the past. Finish with a punchy line about how important it is to acknowledge all of the past and not just the parts that we are most comfortable with. Try to make it punchy enough to wake up the audience. Pound fist on lectern only as last resort if voice cannot be heard above snoring. Thank you very much.