"Batavia" MutineersPrint Page
Cairn marks the spot where two mutineers were set ashore from the "Batavia" and who are believed to be Australia`s first European settlers.
In June 1629 Fransisco Pelsaert wrecked the Batavia on the De Houtman Abrolhos Islands and the mutiny of the Batavia followed. After sailing north for help, Pelsaert returned in the ship Sardam and rescued the survivors of the Batavia mutiny. In November Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom De Bye, two of the mutineers were taken in a small boat to the mouth of the Hutt River on the mainland and were left with equipment to fend for themselves as punishment for their role in the mutiny. They were never heard of again.
|Address:||Port Gregory-Kalbarri Road, Wittecarra Creek, 4.2 kilometres from Kalbarri, Kalbarri, 6536|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.741389|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1629|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1629|
It is believed the first permanent landing of a European man in Australia was recorded here at the mouth of Wittecarra Creek. They were Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom castaway by Commander Francisco Pelsaert after the wreck of the Dutch East Indian trading vessel "Batavia" which ran aground on the Northern Group of the Abrolhos islands in the year 1629 A.D.