Duyfken’s first year at Hillary’s Boat Harbour has resulted in a massive boost in the number of general public visitors on the ship.
The Duyfken Foundation has signed a three-year agreement with the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) for Duyfken to go on public exhibition from April to mid-October from 2019 to 2021.
The number of general public tour visitors rose to 6,180 people and 167 seniors groups from less than 1000 visitors in previous years.
This has offset a drop in visitations from schools over the past year at Hillarys compared with the Fremantle berth.
At Fremantle, schools linked their visit to Duyfken with a tour of the nearby WA Shipwrecks Museum, which provides a close tie in subject matter.
However, the Hillarys venue has attracted new schools from the northern suburbs that would not have contemplated a visit to the ship in Fremantle because travelling time was too great.
AQWA is privately owned by a family based in Israel which has a keen interest in marine life preservation. They have four such facilities around the world, all with an emphasis on getting humans closer to the lives of marine species.
A big thanks to all those who provided an outstanding effort in delivering a unique learning experience for the community:
- 52 volunteer guides who provided a total of 6000 volunteers hours over seven months
- our two Team Leaders, Mirjam and Cameron, who shared duties in preparing the exhibition and briefing the volunteers each day
- Duyfken Office Manager Pic Lee, who coordinated the super challenging role of managing the volunteer roster.
Top image: courtesy Shaun Fearn Photography