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Leeuwins Land Plaque
Leeuwins Land Plaque
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The plaque commemorates the European exploration of the coast by the Dutch Ship Leeuwin. The land explored by the Leeuwin was recorded on a 1627 map by Hessel Gerritz ("Chart of the Land of Eendracht"). The plaque also commemorates a visit by a party of men from a squadron of the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1879. 

The plaque was unveiled during the sesquicentenary celebrations of the state of Western Australia. 

In 1622, the Leeuwin became the fifth Dutch vessel to chance upon Australia’s western edge–this time the continent’s south-western tip. Poor navigation appears to have led to the ship becoming the first to discover Australia’s south-west tip, and to the length of the Leeuwin’s voyage. The voyage from Texel, in the Netherlands, to Batavia had taken more than a year, when other vessels had completed the same voyage in four months. Although the ship’s log has been lost, VOC (Dutch East India Company) letters revealed that the Leeuwin was the first vessel to sail the continent’s most southerly latitudes. From the map’s descriptions of the local shoals, reefs and islets, it would appear the ship had sailed along the coastline between Hamelin Bay and Point D’Entrecasteaux, near present-day Cape Leeuwin.


Address:Leeuwin Road, Cape Leeuwin, 6290
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.371667
Long: 115.135833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1622
Approx. Event End Date:1622


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 23rd May, 1979
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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