A dinner plate, nailed to a post, on a cliff
In 1616, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog reached the northwestern tip of what is now Australia, the first European to reach the continent. To mark his landfall, he placed a pewter plate with an inscription on a wooden post high on a cliff. The place is now called Inscription Point. In 1697, another Dutch explorer found the plate, and replaced it with one of his own, bringing the original back to the Netherlands. Now, the original Hartog dish is being loaned to a museum in Perth, Australia.
By Patrick Kenneally
August 30, 2016