Isaack Gilsemans

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A view of the Murderers' Bay, as you are at anchor here in 15 fathom by Isaack Gilsemans, Alexander Turnbull Library, 1642

Isaack Gilsemans (ca. 1606, in Rotterdam – 1646, in Batavia, Dutch East Indies),[1] was a Dutch merchant and artist.


Gilsemans is most noted for joining the explorer Abel Tasman on his expedition in 1642-43 during which Tasmania, New Zealand and several Pacific Islands became known to Europeans. Gilsemans produced a number of drawings that documented island and native life. His depictions of the Māori people were the first for Europeans.[2]

A sketcher and cartographer, he is thought to have been responsible for the coastal profiles in Tasman's journal and therefore the first European to make an image of Van Diemen's Land.[3] Gilsemans' chart is responsible for documenting the first European landing in Tasmania in 1642,[4] as a result of which Gilsemans Bay near Dunalley is named after him.


  1. ^ Gilsemans, Isack at the RKD
  2. ^ "National Library of New Zealand". Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Isaac Gilsemans :: Biography at :: At Design and Art Australia Online".
  4. ^'s_visit.pdf[bare URL PDF]

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