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Pennefather River

Many are of the opinion that Captain Cook was the first European who 'discovered' Australia - Not so ...
The Pennefather River was the site of the first recorded European landfall in Australia by Willem Janszoon(Jasz) on the 26th February 1606 1606. Janszoon named it, "R. met het Bosch" - "River with the Bush"

The captain and crew of the Duyfken found that this country had already been 'discovered' and was inhabited. Encountering hostility from the indigenous people, Jansz lost ten of his crew during visits to the shore. He was uncomplimentary of the land, finding it swampy, but still charted 320 kilometres of the shore before returning to the Netherlands. However, he was of the opinion that his landing point was part of New Guinea, and Dutch maps reflected this error for many years.

This poetic piece looks at our journey since then ...

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