Year 9 Return to 1616

Year 9 Resources

Dirk Hartog 400-year anniversary 

These resources were written to support the Dirk Hartog 400 year anniversary. They have significant currency in todays curriculum. The ecology resources contain valuable information for ATAR Biology courses and include 2020 updates. Click on each title to download the teaching resources: 

Dirk Hartog was the first known European explorer to land on the Western Australian coast. On 25 October 1616 his vessel the Eendracht made landfall at Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Shark Bay. He left a pewter plate inscribed with a record of his visit, representing the oldest evidence of European contact with Australia. 25 October 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of his landing.

The State Government secured funding from Royalties for Regions to coordinate a number of different initiatives, including the production of these Year 9 Science resources. Information on other initiatives, including some on Dirk Hartog Island and in the Shark Bay region, can be found at

The STAWA produced Year 9 science resource uses the ecological restoration program currently underway at Dirk Hartog Island, ‘Return to 1616’. The resource helps extend learning of the Dirk Hartog story through the Secondary School sciences.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), ‘Return to 1616’ project is a ground breaking project to restore the vegetation and habitats of Dirk Hartog Island, focusing on the removal of introduced plants and animals, the reintroduction of locally extinct wildlife, and implementation of biosecurity measures to protect the island into the future.

Funded through the Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefits program, DBCA is restoring the island to how it would have appeared to Dirk Hartog when he arrived 400 years ago. More information on the project can be found at: