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The Discovery of Western Australia 

Whereas Captain James Cook landed on the East Coast of Australia in 1770, he clearly wrote in his Journal the following:

" [since I] sic. may land no more upon this Eastern coast of New Holland, and on the Western side I can make no new discovery the honour of which belongs to the Dutch navigators and as such they may lay Claim to it as their property." 

                                                                           Journal, 22 August 1770 p 387, n. 4

Australians on that side of the country are very proud of their history, and rightly so.  However, the history of the West Coast is not so well known and is some 4,000 kilometres to the west.

Dirk Hartog arrived 154 years before James Cook, in 1616.  The Australian and Dutch Governments have now got together to give recognition to this discovery in 2016 in a huge Celebration. 

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