Willem JanszoonPrint Page Print this page


A monument and park commemorate Willem Janszoon (c.1570 - c.1630), the Dutch navigator who was the first person to chart the Australian coast. The memorial commemorates the 400th anniversary of his voyage which was the first recorded contact between Europe and Australia. The erection of the monument was organised by the ACT Committee of Australia On The Map (AOTM) 1606-2006.

On 18 November 1605, Willem Janszoon in the Duyfken sailed from Bantam near Java to the coast of western New Guinea. Janszoon then crossed the eastern end of the Arafura Sea, without seeing the Torres Strait, into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

On 26 February 1606, he made landfall at the Pennefather River on the western shore of Cape York in Queensland, near the modern town of Weipa. This is the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent. Janszoon proceeded to chart approximately 320 kilometres of the coastline, which he thought was a southerly extension of New Guinea.


Address:Jansz Crescent, Willem Janszoon Commemorative Park, Griffith, 2603
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.330631
Long: 149.130106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:26-February-1606
Designer:Julie Kennett


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th October, 2007
Front Inscription

In 1606 Willem Janszoon sailed through northern Australian waters.

This Memorial, representing the prow of a boat, commemorates the 400th anniversary of this first recorded contact between
Europe and Australia.

The names of these explorers, other navigators who followed and their ships are commemorated by street names in the
surrounding suburbs. 

This project was made possible through the generous support of the local community and the Governments of the ACT and the Netherlands.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design