The 400 year anniversary of the landing of Dutch trader Dirk Hartog on Western Australian soil brings into focus a significant strand of Australian history - the role of the Dutch in discovering, naming and mapping the western part of the Unknown Southland. While Australian history has for many generations been centred on the British perspective, it is vital to also incorporate the significance of 17th century Dutchmen such as Willem Jansz, Dirk Hartog and Abel Tasman.
Both the Year 4 Australian Curriculum:History and School Curriculum and Standards Authority HASS curriculum focus on the journeys of navigators, explorers and traders up to the late 18th century. It is here that the Dutch story, the discoveries and impacts, can be told. The main focus of this resource is on the Year 4 curriculum, using the story of Hartog in the context of the Dutch East India Company and journeys to the Spice Islands, to develop historical inquiry skills as well as sequencing and use of historical terms.
A shorter resource has also been included to support Year 3 teachers to explore the significance of Dirk Hartog's role in Western Australian History with their students and incorporate the anniversary of Hartog's landing into their planning of "the days and weeks commemorated or celebrated in Australia".
Developed by HTAWA - The History Teachers' Association of Western Australia, with support from the Western Australian Government through Royalties for Regions and the Western Australian Museum.
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