Gilt Dragon Survivor Search

$1,930 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 33 months

The purpose of this funding request is to determine the fate of the Europeans who were living in Australia 114 years before the arrival of Captain Cook.  

In 1656,  the Dutch VOC maritime vessel, the Vergulde Draeck or Gilt Dragon, was wrecked on the coast of Western Australia.  

Of the 193 people on board, 118 are known to have perished.  Of the survivors, 75 people made it alive to the shoreline. 

The Gilt Dragon carried two small boats with her.  One boat was lost to the violent coastal surf.  The second boat was dispatched to Batavia (Indonesia) with 7 sailors in the hopes of raising a rescue.  

Sixty eight Gilt Dragon survivors were left on the coast. 

They were never seen again. 

The Gilt Dragon sixty eight represent the first large scale, permanent arrival of Europeans in Australia. 


Why we need funding.....

Since 2010, the Gilt Dragon Research Group  have dedicated ourselved to determining the ultimate fate of the Gilt Dragon sixty eight. 

After 360 years the trail is cold.  Clues are hard to find.  Our quest is labour intensive and the discovery and translation of ancient documents is expensive. 

We have personally invested tens of thousands of dollars into both research and equipment. Years of our lives have gone into this quest.  We are close to concluding this passion project and we need your financial assistance to complete our work.  

How can you help?

1. Click on the DONATE button and make a donation suitable for your circumstance.  Donations can be anonymous if that is your preference. 

2. Share this page on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

3. Become a Gilt Dragon Research Group ambassador.  Pick up the telephone and tell your family and friends.  Ask those close to you to donate.  Every dollar helps!

How we plan to use your donation....

1.  To employ professional archivists to conduct research within both South African and Indonesian VOC Archives.

2.  To investiage several coastal sites of interest in Western Australia.

3.  To publish a full colour,  A4 sized,  hardcover book.

4.  To continue to update the Gilt Dragon Research Group website at: 

Funding Rewards....

November 2018 Reward Update!  Every donation over $100 will receive a silver plated piece of eight, complete with dragon imprint (not legal tender). 



Additional Information....

For additional information please contact the Gilt Dragon Research Group via our Website  or Facebook Page .
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A big thanks to Craig Milner for his donation. Certificate of Appreciation has been made and will be leaving shortly!
Thank you Craig Milner!
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Dear Friends and Family,

Your Gilt Dragon Certificate of Appreciation was posted this morning. Keep an eye out for a black envelope in the post.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!

Certificates made theist today!
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A massive thank you to all the people that have donated! Your support is critical to ongoing research. With your support the GDRG will continue to uncover and distribute new information on the Gilt Dragon and its survivors.
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Harry Cockram
14 months ago

Have you checked out Walga Rock, it's near Cue about 400 klms East of Kalbarri, there is some writing on a rock along side a drawing of an old sailing ship

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$1,930 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 33 months
Created March 8, 2016
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Danny Roberts
1 month ago

Can I help in any other way? I have actually dived on the Wreck in 1963 with my Father and members of the U.E.C.

Brian Caffery
14 months ago

nice one

Dale Moss
25 months ago

Good luck guys! I'll be following your discoveries

Jay Puglisi
33 months ago

All the best in this exciting research - may you find the answers you seek to rewrite the history books! But remember, 'X' never, ever marks the spot.

Gaby Martinez
33 months ago

Go Stevo, hope you find intetesting stuff to share!

Harry Cockram
14 months ago

Have you checked out Walga Rock, it's near Cue about 400 klms East of Kalbarri, there is some writing on a rock along side a drawing of an old sailing ship

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