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Joseph Conrad’s EASTERN VOYAGES – Tales of Singapore and an East Borneo river

The life of Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski reads like an adventure story, an adventure story written by somebody like Joseph Conrad. During the twenty years from the time that he left Poland in October 1874 until he signed off his … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table – Spice – an ABC Radio National podcast

When we think of the history of spice we often start with the protection rackets, piracy, and massacres of the East India companies. But the world trade in spices is not something that begins with the European age of sail … Continue reading

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Marvellous map in marble is one of NSW’s great treasures

Mike Scanlon – Newcastle Herald MANY people pass by it today without a second glance. I was going to write that people walk over it, but that’s wrong, as it’s usually roped off. What I’m referring to is a rather … Continue reading

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Schouten Island – Van Diemens Land – A Tragic Story

Abel Tasman and his ships Heemskerck and de Zeehaen encountered what he named as Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) on 24 November 1642. As the Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company based in Batavia (Jakarta) it was Anthony van Diemen … Continue reading

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Jan Pieterszoon Coen and the township of Coen (N.Qld)

Your Honours should know by experience that trade in Asia must be driven and maintained under the protection and favour of your Honour’s own weapons, and that the weapons must be paid for by the profits from the trade; so … Continue reading

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‘The Tasman Map’ – Interview

Follow this link to watch the ‘Tasman Map’ interview with Ian Burnet (12) Facebook

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The Duyfken replica vessel docks at the Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum has announced that following negotiations with the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation in Western Australia, the museum will take over the ownership and management of the replica Duyfken. ‘We are pleased and honoured that the Duyfken Foundation approached us to take … Continue reading

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The First Appearance of Australia on a World Map

The Pacific Ocean was first sighted on September 25, 1513 by the explorer Vasco Balboa when he reached the summit of the Isthmus of Panama and viewed its huge expanse. In 1520 Ferdinand Magellan and his Armada de Moluccas, on … Continue reading

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A World Divided 1494 – The Portuguese and the Spanish race to reach the Spice Islands

In the 15th century the aromatic spices of cloves and nutmeg, grown only in the remote Spice Islands of present day Indonesia were said to be worth their weight in gold and were some of the most valuable of traded … Continue reading

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Book Collectors – do you want a first edition of ‘Spice Islands’?

You could buy a First Edition hardback copy of ‘Spice Islands’ from Amazon for just US $902 or a Second Edition paper back from them for US$60. Or if you are in Australia or elsewhere you can buy a paperback … Continue reading

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