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PostGreetings from Perth; "Batavia" Shipwreck (Martin Storey, Australia, 01/30/20 4:25 am)
For the past 18 years, I have been living in Western Australia, first in Fremantle and now just west of Kings Park, near Perth.
While in Fremantle, Eddie Mears (January 28th) should not miss the (free) guided tour of the Batavia wreck, at the Wreck Museum, on the waterfront. It brings to life the amazing story of the Batavia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia_(ship) , also told well by wreck discoverer Hugh Edwards in his book Island of Angry Ghosts.
JE comments: A pleasure to hear from Martin Storey! I was thinking of you, Martin, when posting Eddie's Fremantle report. If I may pester you a bit, what is the latest in Western Australia with the bushfires?
The Dutch ship Batavia is a thrilling and chilling tale of intrigue, class warfare, rebellion, slaughter, hardship, adventure, you name it. Some survivors of the 1629 shipwreck became the first Europeans to live permanently in Australia. The Edwards book is a classic, from 1966. I'd love to read it.