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Tasman Monument
Tasman Monument

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Estate of Connie Marson

The monument commemorates the tercentenary of European discovery of Tasmania by the Abel Tasman expedition in December 1642.

It was at Tasman Bay, near Cape Paul Lamanon, that Abel Tasman and his crew became the first Europeans to land on Tasmania. It was here that Tasman sent his Pilot-Major Visscher, to name the territory Van Diemen`s Land after the Governor of Batavia on December 2, 1642.

It is good that the spirit of men like Abel Tasman, intangible yet vital, should, give character to the traditions of a nation. When Tasmanians and prominent visitors gathered at Dunalley yesterday for the unveiling of a memorial to the Dutch explorer, many must have felt that, although Tasman's contact with the island named after him was but a fleeting one long before white settlement began, his influence has endured through the centuries, and that Tasmania and Australia are all the better for it.
The Mercury (Hobart), 4th December 1942


Address:Esplanade , Jetty, Dunalley, 7177
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.88827
Long: 147.814617
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:03-December-1642
Actual Event End Date:03-December-1642


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 3rd December, 1942
Front Inscription

           This Monument
Was Erected By The Government Of Tasmania
In 1942 To Commemorate The Tercentenary
Of The Discovery Of This Island In 1642
  By Hon. Abel Jans Tasman.

Ships Boats Commanded By 
     Pilot Major Visscher
    Visited This Bay On 
    December 3rd 1642

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au