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Great South Land

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  12 reviews

The extraordinary story of how Dutch sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook.

On 15 January 1688 - almost 100 years to the day before Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Botany Bay as commander of the First Fleet - another English ship, the sixteen-gun Cygnet, was running downwind on a gentle breeze while closing on the coast of the same contin

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 19th 2015 by ABC Books
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Walter VDE
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Great story telling about the first Europeans to see Australia.
One little criticism, don't use google translate to translate Dutch names in to English ;-)
Teresa Comacchio
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! Keen to read more Rob Mundle
Mark Dybing
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its one heck of a good read.
The Dutch merchants who inadvertantley became explorers of the australian coast was the opening half of the book. Then the really serious dutch explorations of abel tasman, willem janz and cartenz, but all failed to find the passage ( torres strait ) through to the east coast of Australia.
The best part of the book is the next half on William Dampier. Absolutley spell binding and eye popping is this sea explorers life it's beyond amazing. In a nutshell, the first ever
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant - I knew the Dutch and Spanish has explored Australia and certainly had known of Dampier but this book really fills in the gaps. What an amazing life Dampier had and how different Australia would be today if the Dutch had been less economically focused.
Robert Williams
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely superb book, simply loved it.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A particularly interesting piece of world history, told an interesting and engaging way. Really enjoyed it.
Peter Griffin
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once again Mundle makes history engaging and fascinating for all non-sailors. Another in his excellent collection of Australia’s - and indeed the region’s - early history. Highly recommended!
Shawn  Stone
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It’s hard to conceive that little over 200 years ago, the existence of Australia was a mere hypothesis on the world map – a place deemed by explorers as “Terra Australias Incognita” – “The unknown land of the South”.

But did you know that over 200 years before the birth of Christ, the Ancient Egyptians were perhaps the first maritime explorers to come close to discovering mainland Australia and may have made contact with the inhabitants of certain surrounding islands?

I didn’t. And this, and many
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 would be a better rating. I really liked this. So much information on the early exploration of Australia. It certainly wasn't easy being an explorer/pirate/privateer when your ship was falling apart.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Really interesting
Very interesting but probably a bit too 'nautical tech' for me! I learned quite a bit!
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Rob Mundle is the author of the highly acclaimed international bestseller Fatal Storm. He has written six other books, including the bestselling Sir James Hardy: An Adventurous Life, Alan Bond’s authorised biography,Bond, and Life at the Extreme, the official record of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race round the world. He lives in Main Beach, Queensland.