Saturday, August 21, 2004


BHP Billiton Petroleum Presents Lost for 500 Years Sunken Treasures of Brunei Darussalam in Australia


BHP Billiton is proud to be involved in bringing to Australia an outstanding exhibition of ceramics and stoneware from a 15th century shipwreck discovered off the coast of Brunei Darussalam.

The exhibition was opened in Canberra on 3 August by the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brunei Darussalam.

“The exhibition gives us a special insight into Brunei Darussalam as a leading maritime trading nation in the late 15th century”, said Don Argus, Chairman BHP Billiton.

“As Australians, it provides us with an opportunity to learn more about, and engage with the people of Brunei.
“For BHP Billiton, sponsoring this exhibition demonstrates how we as a global resources company seek to contribute to the communities in which we operate. This contribution includes extending the understanding between cultures.”

The Brunei Shipwreck discovered in 1997, some 22 nautical miles off the coast of the Sultanate, is the most important discovery in the country’s archaeological history.

The shipwreck site, which had been undisturbed for more than 500 years, yielded 14,000 artefacts along with vital information about the economic and social history of Brunei Darussalam.

BHP Billiton would like to acknowledge the continuing support of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, YB Pehin Dato Haji Hussain bin Pehin Dato Haji Yusof, the Brunei Museums Department, TOTAL and the Australian High Commission Brunei Darussalam.
Lost for 500 years...SUNKEN TREASURES of BRUNEI DARUSSALAM opens at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, on 4 August and remains on view until 4 October 2004.

Link: - Brunei Shipwreck Project

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