Duyfken has a New Patron

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia, Erica Schouten has accepted the Foundation’s invitation for her to become the Patron of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation for the coming 12 months.
This is most exciting as we continue to strengthen our relationship with all the ‘Dutchies’ here in Australia and the Netherlands.
Already the Ambassador has visited Duyfken, twice in the past 12 months, with a third visit on the cards.

In her acceptance letter, Erica said, and I quote…
“I would like to thank the Board, the crew, and all the volunteers for their commitment to keeping the Duyfken Replica in an excellent condition, and for their continuous efforts in telling the story of the first European contact with Australia. I wish you a behouden vaart!”
So, the Duyfken journey continues as we look to increase the public awareness of both ships…the original from 1606, and the replica that we use to share this significant story.
Peter Bowman
Chief Executive Officer