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Dampier, the Dutch and the Great South Land - Rob Mundle

Dampier, the Dutch and the Great South Land

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Published: 23rd October 2017
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The extraordinary story of how Dutch sailors found Australia and an English pirate almost beat Captain Cook

Rob Mundle is back on the water with another sweeping and powerful account of Australian maritime history. It is the story of 17th-century European mariners - sailors, adventurers and explorers - who became transfixed by the idea of the existence of a Great South Land: ‘Terra Australis Incognita'. Rob takes you aboard the tiny ship, Duyfken, in 1606 when Dutch navigator and explorer, Willem Janszoon, and his 20-man crew became the first Europeans to discover Australia – on the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

In the decades that followed, more Dutch mariners, like Hartog, Tasman, and Janszoon (for a second time), discovered and mapped the majority of the coast of what would become Australia. Yet, incredibly, the Dutch made no effort to lay claim to it, or establish any settlements. This process began with British explorer and former pirate William Dampier on the west coast in 1688, and by the time Captain Cook arrived in 1770, all that was to be done was chart the east coast and claim what the Dutch had discovered.

Rob Mundle

Rob Mundle established his international identity as an author in 1999 with his gripping factual account of one of the world's most dramatic sporting tragedies, the 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. His book, Fatal Storm, became an international bestseller. It is published in six languages and has sold well over 200,000 copies - a remarkable achievement for this category in publishing.

Also, five of his most recent books dealing with Australian maritime history - Bligh: Master Mariner, Flinders, The Man Who Mapped Australia, Cook: from Sailor to Legend, The First Fleet and Great South Land achieved No. 1 bestselling status across Australia within a few weeks of being released.

Rob has recently published his 16th book, Under Full Sail. It tells the story the era of the majestic clipper ships, their impact on the gold rushes in Australia and America, and the role they played in transforming Australia from a convict outpost to a nation. More than one million Australians can trace their heritage to these migrant ships of the mid to late 19th century.

Rob Mundle was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2013 for his services to Sailing and Journalism.

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ISBN: 9780733338663
ISBN-10: 0733338666
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd October 2017
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3