Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Seabird

Map picture

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A few photos taken around a little coastal town called Seabird:

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In 1656, 4 years after the first Dutch settlers landed in the Cape of Good Hope at the Southern tip of Africa, the Dutch East India company shipwrecked a ship called the Vergulde Draeck on the coast of Western Australia.

At the time the closest settlements were in a place called Batavia, which today is known as Jakarta, and which was a Dutch colony at the time.  Some of the survivors were successfully sent to Batavia in a small boat, but subsequent search parties never found the remaining seamen.  An interesting story.

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Photos taken on the way back to Perth:

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The road to Lancelin:

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2 comments:

Boomkind said...

Wow, great photo's. Big differance between the west coast and Tasmania, looks very dry there while lush and grean (and wet and cold) here. Reading a book at the moment "the fatal shore" excelent read on Australias history

boerinballingskap said...

treffende foto's van die droe bome en grasvelde.