A possie in Aussie

November 16, 2009

Dutch boatpeople!!

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,boat people,refugee — Nayano @ 1:39 pm
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On this day, 16 November 1629, Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, sailing in the Dutch vessel the “Saardam”, ordered two mutineers from the Batavia Mutiny to be abandoned on the West Australian coast probably at the mouth of the Hutt River, 450 km north of where Perth now stands.

They were provided with food, a boat, trade goods and a set of instructions directing them to establish friendly relations with the local Nhanda people. And so 380 years ago today, Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom de Bye became the first Europeans to take up residence in Australia.

This post is taken directly from an email from Project SafeCom – thanks Jack!

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