William Dampier Bicentennial MemorialPrint Page
A monument commemorates William Dampier (5 September 1651- 8 March 1715) who was the first Englishman to explore parts of New Holland (Australia) and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. The monument was erected in 1988 as a Bicentennial Project.
In 1699 Dampier was given the command of the Roebuck with a commission from the Admiralty His mission was to explore the east coast of New Holland, the name given by the Dutch to what is now Australia.
Following the Dutch routes to the Indies, on 26 July 1699, Dampier reached Dirk Hartog Island at the mouth of what he called Shark Bay in Western Australia. He landed and began producing the first known detailed record of Australian flora and fauna. The images are believed to be by his clerk James Brand. Dampier then followed the coast northeast, reaching the Dampier Archipelago and then Lagrange Bay, just south of what is now called Roebuck Bay.
|Address:||Hamersley & Weld Streets, Bedford Memorial Park, Broome, 6725|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -17.962605|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1988|
Navigator, Writer, Naturalist, Buccaneer
First Englishmen to set foot on Australian soil (New Holland) on 5 January 1688
Visited Broome area in 1699 in "HMS Roebuck".
His journals led to British interest in the Southland and subsequent settlement 100 years later of Australia.
The memorial erected by the Broome Shire Council and Australia- Britain Society as an Australian Bicentennial Project with financial assistance from the Commonwealth Government.