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Fri 15 Jun 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 27 Jan 2013, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Residents of the Nelson and Tasman regions: $0.00
  • Adults: $7.00
  • Children: $3.00
  • Family (2 adults + children): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: peter12

Abel Tasman 370th Commemoration: 2012 - remembering 1642 and the meeting of two worlds

15 June 2012 - 27 January 2013

2012 is the 370th anniversary of Tasman's 1642 exploration of the southern seas and his first meeting with Maori. This provides an opportunity to reflect on what discovery has meant to us, and how our history continues to unfold.

Records of the events of December 1642 come from translations of Tasman's journals kept during the voyage and on a variety of images created by Isaac Gilsemans, a merchant who travelled with Tasman on the voyages funded by the Dutch East India Company.

Debate and discussion still abounds about this period of our national and regional history. Where was the landfall? What caused the misunderstanding that lead to a physical confrontation between cultures? Were any Maori killed in the confrontation? Can the spot where Tasman anchored be clearly identified? These and many other questions will be the subject of a seminar to be held here in Nelson on June 15th. The seminar is being hosted by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Here at the Museum we are staging a display based on the recently donated engraving by Frederik Ottens that dates from 1726, depicting that first meeting. The display includes a modern chart that traces Tasman's voyage along New Zealand's western coastline from close to present-day Greymouth northwards to Three Kings Islands.

The display opens on June 15, the date in 1643 when Tasman's first voyage arrived back in Batavia (now Jakarta).

The Abel Tasman 370 website,, contains information on events, places, images and links associated with this anniversary.

Entry to the Museum is free for residents of the Nelson and Tasman regions.
Proof of residence may be required.