Rupert Gerritsen RON (1953-2013)

19 November 2013

Rupert GerritsenThe International Federation of Hydrographic Societies was very sorry to learn that Rupert Gerritsen had passed away in Canberra, Australia, on 3 November 2013.

Rupert was Chair of Australia on the Map (AOTM), the Heritage and History Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS). He was also a principal driving force behind the success of the 2006 celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the sighting and charting of Australia by the crew of the Dutch vessel Duyfken in 1606 and thereby the establishment of European contact. Rupert was a founding member of AOTM 1606-2006, the organisation set up to  promote and coordinate the commemorations.  

He wrote a number of books, many scientific papers and reports and played an influential part in re-charting Australia's maritime contact history prior to British settlement. With his friendly encouraging nature and his considerable skills as a networker, he will be sorely missed by a national and international network of friends and acquaintances.

Rupert was decorated in 2007 as a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau and was a Patherick Reader of the National Library of Australia.

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