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Willem de Vlamingh and The Black Swan

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Willem de Vlamingh


The first European to officially arrive in Perth, Western Australia, is depicted striding ashore at the edge of the Swan River.


The Dutch Navigator, who first mapped the coast, is found at the moment of encountering the ' rare avis', the Black Swan, after whom he named The Swan River Colony.


Each startled by the other, they are arrested as it were and frozen in bronze at this moment in time, 12 January 1697.


Bronze over-life size


Dedicated 1997


The Crown Prince of Netherlands was invited to attend the Tri-centennial celebration of the European naming of the Swan River and Rottnest Island by Dutch explorer and navigator, Willem de Vlamingh.






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