This model represents the Dutch ship DUYFKEN, the earliest known European vessel to have landed in Australia. It sailed down the west coast of Cape York in 1606 under the command of Willem Janszoon. This model is only partly planked to expose the ribs, framework and tile carpentry.


  • Title: Model of DUYFKEN (Little Dove)
  • Creator: Michel Laroche
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: Australia
  • Type: Ship model
  • Significance: This model represents the famous Dutch ship DUYFKEN, the first recorded European vessel to have landed in Australia during its voyage of exploration in 1606 to discover what lay 'East of Banda'.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Boxwood, ebony
  • Dimensions: 290 x 715 x 160 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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