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The Memorial 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 memorial 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
Long: 122.239141
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
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William Dampier

Navigator, Writer, Naturalist, Buccaneer
First Englishman 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. 
This memorial erected by the Broome Shire Council and 
Australia - Britain Society as an Australian 
Bicentennial Project with financial assistance from the 
Commonwealth Government. 


Source: MA
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