Exploring the Shipwrecks of WA – Online

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Recently, we just redeveloped our online Maritime Archaeology Databases to ensure that the ANCODS collection* was integrated into our online database.

* ANCODS is an acronym for the Agreement between Australia and the Netherlands Concerning Old Dutch Shipwrecks. In March 2011 the last of the artefacts were gifted from the Netherlands to the Western Australian Museum which consolidated the entire collection.

For this consolidation of artefacts, we’ve released the new Shipwrecks databases, which contain listings of around 45,000 objects, including the ANCODS artefacts:


Instead of simply creating a database search, we tried to make meaningful connections between artefacts, wrecks, numismatics (coins) and bring to together keywords that cross reference other pieces of data.

As a result, we have rich tapestry of data, related items, objects, maps and keywords that allow a visitor to explore through the system by clicking through relating information and tags.

Please, feel free to explore.

Also, we’ve included a little video here of Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde (Maritime Archaeology curator) unpacking the final ANCODS crates as they arrived through the Netherlands to Perth so you have some context of types of artefacts you can explore.

1 Mar 2011

ANCODS - unpacking the final artefacts

The ANCODS Collection consists of artefacts recovered from the four Dutch East India Company ships that sank along the Western Australian coast in the 17th and 18th centuries. The collection is rich and varied including bullion, cargo and building materials, navigational equipment, arms and armament, medical supplies, personal possessions of the crew and passengers, human and animal remains, and artefacts relating to the ships, their sails and rigging.

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