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Maritime Exploration of Australia

Recherche and L’Esperance at anchor in Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 1791

Evidence exists that long before the birth of Christ, an event around which the modern day calendar is structured, the peoples of the European and Asian land masses had an awareness of each other and believed that other worlds lay beyond those boundaries known to them. The Egyptians for instance, recorded their experiences of an Australian eclipse in 232 BC which is recorded within unique cave wall carvings and writings discovered in Irian Jaya which was formally north-west New Guinea. It has been claimed that 12th Century Viking records identified Australia as ‘Solar Partistra – the sunburnt land’.

Though the earth was portrayed as flat on the shield of Achilles, centring around Troy and the nearby Greek Islands, the known universe of the Odyssey was a circular disc surrounded by the horizon of the circumferent ocean, the waters of which issued for and recalled the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.

Who Came First?

Encounters with the Great South Land

The Aborigines

The Greeks

The Phoenicians

The Chinese

Muslim Traders

The Spanish and Portuguese

The Dutch

The French

The British

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