of May 2016
Dear sponsors and friends,
We’re happy to send you the first NHF newsletter of this year to give you an update on the New Holland Foundation activities.
On the 23rd
of January 2016 the NHF was present at the opening of the exhibition 'Remember Me' and the simultaneous opening of the Dirk Hartog Year 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht. We had the honour to meet the Australian ambassador His Excellency Mr. Brett Mason, and we shared thoughts about the events for this Dirk Hartog Year.
From left to right: Karin Smokers, Australian Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Brett Mason, Dr. P.R. Bär (Chairman of the board of AAMU), Willem Andreae (Former Dutch Ambassador in Australia), Oscar Hefting
The 25th of October this year will mark the 400th
anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing on the western coast of Australia with his ship de Eendracht.
He left a pewter dish with an inscription at the site (in the collection of the Rijksmuseum
). This anniversary is commemorated and celebrated in Australia and in The Netherlands as well. The NHF is involved in the organization of the activities in The Netherlands. For more information on these festivities and activities, keep an eye on the NHF website, LinkedIn and Facebook page.
March this year, Karin Smokers was succeeded by Erik Muller as PR and Communication employee of the New Holland Foundation. We congratulate Karin with her new job as Eurodesk Project employee at the Nederlands Jeugdinstituut (Dutch Youth Institute). Erik is MA student in Colonial and Global History at the University of Leiden.
Furthermore, we are very proud to announce that, as of the 9th
of May, NHF director Oscar Hefting is the new managing director of the Nederlands Vestingmuseum
(Dutch Fortress Museum) in Naarden. The board of this museum has asked Oscar to bring more international attention to the history of Naarden and the historical Dutch defensive system known as the New Dutch Water Line
. The appointment at this museum therefore seems to be an excellent chance to combine the vision of the museum with the mission of the New Holland Foundation, and keep the attention on Dutch overseas
heritage as well.
In the past half year three new publications were published on the NHF website. Prof. Dr. José Manuel Santos Pérez of the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, researched the Spanish archives to find contributions to the Atlas of Dutch Brazil. His results can be found in the article
on the NHF website: ‘Dutch Colonial fortifications in Brazil (1600-1654), preliminary inventory. Historical research in Spain. Contributions to the Atlas of Dutch Brazil’. All information on the Dutch fortifications overseas will be added to the Atlas of Mutual Heritage
was written by NHF researcher Erik Muller, ‘The transportation of passengers to the Dutch East Indies’ about the developments of the shipping lines between the Dutch East Indies and the Netherlands in the first half of the nineteenth century. The research was done by investigating travel journals and shipping news in the newspapers of that time.
The third publication on our website is an article
written by Oscar Hefting, ‘Op zoek naar Maurits ‘de Braziliaan’’ for the Cultoura Magazine
, about the former governor of Dutch Brazil: Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen. The publication discusses who Johan Maurits actually was and why he is still glorified in Brazil.
The Prince Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen - Jan de Baen (1633 - 1702)
We also inform you about a 12 day travel tour to Brazil led by Oscar Hefting in November 2016, in which you will have the chance to follow Johan Maurits’ footsteps! You will find detailed information about the tour on the NHF website.
On behalf of the NHF we wish you a nice summer. Please send us your pictures and stories when you encounter - by any chance - hidden Dutch heritage overseas!
Oscar Hefting and Erik Muller
New Holland Foundation