Thu 31 Jul 2014


Museum of Geraldton

An artists depiction of the wrecking of the Zuytdorp ship

Presented by Dr Phillip Playford.

Part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series.

The Zuytdorp, one of the great ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), disappeared after leaving the Cape of Good Hope in April 1712. Its wreck was found by Tom Pepper in 1927 and was positively identified as that of the Zuytdorp by Phil Playford in 1954.

The third and final voyage of the Zuytdorp had been disastrous long before it was wrecked at the foot of towering cliffs near Kalbarri. 

Join Dr Phil Playford as he describes the story of identifying the Zuytdorp, and presents his conclusions that survivors of the wreck may have joined with local Aborigines to become the first European inhabitants of Australia.

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An artists depiction of the wrecking of the Zuytdorp ship

An impression of the Zuytdorp ashore

Artwork by Stanley Hewitt

Getting Here

Western Australian Museum - Geraldton Map


2 Museum Place,
Batavia Coast Marina
Western Australia,


(08) 9431 8393

Western Australian Museum - Geraldton Map

By Bus
The Western Australian Museum — Geraldton is located within walking distance of Chapman Rd bus-stop, which is serviced by the 501 service. Visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available onsite.

Accessibility information about the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton can be found on the Access WA website.