The Site Map is an index view of the VOC Historical Society website.
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* A b o u t   t h e   S o c i e t y
Site map. An index view of the VOC Historical Society website.
What does it do? About the Society: its mission, objectives, contact
information and membership details.
What does VOC mean? Information on the VOC and what it accomplished.
VOC history is Australian history. In a century and a half before James Cook
hundreds of European VOC mariners had sighted and mapped Western Australia's coastline and made an impact on its environment.
Why the VOC? The background history to the formation of the VOC.
* V O C  M a r i n e r s
Voyages and Expeditions. Chronological listing of sightings of and landings on
Western Australia's coastline in 17th and 18th century.
Mapping the coast. Thirty-Eight years of exploration
and mapping of Australia's coastline in the first half of the Seventeenth Century.
Australia's Columbus. The discovery of the last continent, Australia,
by the Dutch mariner Willem Janszoon, in 1606. His ship was the Duyfken.
Willem Janszoon Myth. Did Willem Janszoon just stumble on Australia's coast or was there more to it?
Dirk Hartogh. On 26 October 1616 Captain Dirck Hartogh set foot on what is now known as
Dirk Hartog Island, just North of Shark Bay in Western Australia. It was the second recorded landing of a European on Australian soil.
Nuijts & Thijssen. In 1627 Captain Francois Thijssen and Peter Nuijts, Councillor of the Indies,
in their VOC ship Gulden Zeepaert charted the southern region from Cape Leeuwin to Nuyts Archipelago, some 1800 kms, naming the area "Nuyt's Land".
de Vlamingh. The story of de Vlamingh's journey to the Southland in 1696 to investigate its potential and look for survivors.
Tasman. Abel Tasman's jouneys around Australia in 1642 and 1644.
* V O C  S h i p w r e c k s  (See map)
Batavia. The story of the wrecking of the VOC ship
Batavia on the Abrolhos Islands and the most horrific mutiny in the annals of maritime history in 1629.
Vergulde Draeck. On a night in April 1656 the VOC ship Vergulde Draeck ran onto a
reef off the coast of Western Australia about 100 kms north of Perth. What happened to its 68+ survivors is a mystery.
Zuytdorp. In April 1712 the 700 ton VOC ship the Zuytdorp wrecked on the Western Australian
coast (New Holland) crashing onto rocks at the bottom of cliffs just south of Shark Bay stranding ~200 survivors.
The cliffs are now called the Zuytdorp Cliffs.
Zeewijck. The Zeewijck, with Captain Jan Steyns, was wrecked off the west coast of
New Holland on the Abrolhos Islands in 1727. The survivors managed to built a boat from the wreckage, called it Sloepie and sailed it to Batavia.
Missing VOC ships.
Between 1694 and 1727, three ships, on voyages from Cape Town to Batavia, were lost at sea and never heard of again. Here are their stories.
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Number of arrivals. Wrecked VOC Ships that provided Australia’s first
First settlers? VOC castaways survived long enough to have a significant impact on their
new environment and the indigenous population.
Locations of VOC influence. Map of locations of possible European (VOC) activity in Western Australia before colonialisation in 1829
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DID YOU KNOW?.
A series of FIRSTS in Australian history.
White tribe in Australia? In 1834 an English newspaper (Leeds Mercury) reported that a secret English expedition had set off from the north coast of Australia heading southward towards Central Australia in 1832. It said that explorers found there a small colony descended from Dutchmen shipwrecked on Australia’s west coast in the early eighteenth century.
True or a "traveler's tale"?
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