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Discovery of Tasmania
Discovery of Tasmania

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A memorial commemorates the 350th anniversary of the European discovery of Tasmania by Abel Tasman.

On 24 November 1642 Abel Tasman sighted the west coast of Tasmania, north of Macquarie Harbour. He named his discovery Van Diemen's Land after Antonio van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Proceeding south he skirted the southern end of Tasmania and turned north-east, Tasman then tried to work his two ships into Adventure Bay on the east coast of South Bruny Island where he was blown out to sea by a storm, this area he named Storm Bay.

Two days later Tasman anchored to the North of Cape Frederick Hendrick just North of the Forestier Peninsula. Tasman then landed in Blackman Bay – in the larger Marion Bay. The next day, an attempt was made to land in North Bay; however, because the sea was too rough the carpenter swam through the surf and planted the Dutch flag in North Bay. Tasman then claimed formal possession of the land on 3 December 1642.


Address:Driffield Street, Railway Car Park, Queenstown, 7467
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.07898
Long: 145.555046
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1642
Approx. Event End Date:1992


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 29th November, 1992
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Queenstown Abel Tasman Festival 350th anniversary

In commemoration of the discovery of Tasmania by Abel Janzoon Tasman

1642 - 1992

Officially opened by the Hon. Robin Gray, M. H. A. Minsiter for Primary Industry, Fisheries & Energy

29th November, 1992


Source: MA
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