He replaced it with a new plate which reproduced Hartog's original inscription and added notes of his own, and took Hartog's original back to Amsterdam, where it is housed in the Rijksmuseum.

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This led to suggestions that the plate, considered important as the oldest-known written artefact from Australia's European history, should be acquired for an Australian museum, but the Dutch authorities have made it clear that the plate is not for sale.

In 19 Hartog was depicted on Australian postage stamps, both depicting his ship.

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Thanks to the "date letter" any piece of British sterling silver can be exactly dated.

Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated silver are not subject to this practice and the regulation issued by the authorities had the main objective of preventing possible frauds by unscrupulous sellers of plated ware. In 1619 Frederik de Houtman, in the VOC ship Dordrecht, and Jacob d'Edel, in another VOC ship Amsterdam, sighted land on the Australian coast near present-day Perth which they called d'Edelsland.After sailing northwards along the coast they made landfall in Eendrachtsland.Scott in his book Pewter Wares from Sheffield.1823-1829In 1823 William Frederick Dixon, eldest son of James Dixon, began his partnership in the family business. The firm was active in the new facilities in Cornish Place. The area was named Eendrachtsland after his ship, although that name has not endured.