The Shire of Northampton in partnership with The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has commissioned a Zuytdorp Commemorative Plaque, which is positioned on the hill overlooking the ocean at Chinamen’s Beach. The Plaque commemorates the 300th Anniversary of the Zuytdorp, which was shipwrecked on the WA coast 60kms north of Kalbarri in June 1712.
The plaque is made of stainless steel, silver in colour to represent the “Carpet of Silver” as depicted by Phillip Playford in his book Carpet of Silver: the Wreck of the Zuytdorp to describe the multitude of 1711 silver coins being carried by the Zuytdorp on its fateful trip that are now scattered over the ocean floor at the shipwreck site. The actual site of the shipwreck is a very dangerous part of the coastline and is now a protected area.
The Commemorative Plaque will be officially unveiled at approximately 10.00 on Saturday 2nd June 2012.
Accompanying the Plaque are two Information Panels providing details of –
- The Zuytdorp and its trade route to the East Indies.
- Possible reasons for the ship’s demise on the rugged Western Australian coastline 60kms north of Kalbarri in an area now known the Zuytdorp Cliffs.
- The mystery of whether there were survivors and their fate.
- The recorded discovery of the wreck site in 1927.