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The Plaque and coastal reserve commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Dutch landing.

In April 1705, Dutch navigator Marten Van Delft and his crew landed on Melville Island. The Dutch seafarers, looking for opportunities to exploit, were met by a strong army of Tiwi warriors brandishing spears. Before they fled a shot was fired and a Tiwi man was wounded. The Dutch later returned to help the wounded Tiwi man and stayed on the island for several months.


Address:Snake Bay, Melville Island, 0822
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -11.419167
Long: 130.675
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1705
Approx. Event End Date:1705


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2005
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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