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The monument commemorates the landing of the Abel Tasman Expedition; the first Europeans to set foot in Tasmania in December 1642.

The unveiling of a memorial erected by the Royal Society of Tasmania with the support of citizens, on the spot where Abel Janszoon Tasman planted the Dutch flag in Tasmania in 1642, was performed on Monday. A party of 27 persons visited the site of the monument at Prince of Wales Bay, on the east coast of Forestier Peninsula, and the Memorial was unveiled by the Administrator, Sir Herbert Nicholls. The monument is of solid concrete, 12ft 6in high and 4ft 6in at the base. It stands in a conspicuous place on the edge of the bay close to the high water mark.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 5th December 1923.



Address:Tasman Monument Track, Tasman Bay , Dunalley, 7177
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.877383
Long: 147.945732
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:Monday 3rd December, 1923
Front Inscription

At this spot the Expedition under Abel Jansz Tasman being the first white people to set foot on Tasmanian soil planted the Dutch flag on December 3rd 1642 as a memorial to posterity and to the inhabitants of the country.

This stone was erected by the Royal Society of Tasmania 1923.


Source: MA
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