Saturday, August 20, 2011

Who discovered Australia?

Who discovered Australia? I think those from the sub continent of India did. They transmogrified into Australia's original inhabitants some four hundred thousand years ago, and I think they stopped off in Indonesia for a bit on their way. The proof of my opinion? Look at their ankles, they are the same. Very scientific on my part and hopefully not offensive, but I have observed. In fact the legs are of Indian people and our original Australians are very similar. I am not a nineteenth century anthropologist, so I don't really know.

In the tv programme QI, a loud siren goes off when guests are asked a question and answer with the obvious but wrong answer. Get yourself ready for the siren.

Who in the modern world discovered Australia? Captain Cook? Siren. Brrrrpppp, brrrppp brrrpp.

Dirk Hartog from the Netherlands? Siren.

The first known European to land on Australia was ...

What country was originally called Nieu Zeland by a Dutch explorer? New Zealand? Siren. It was Australia.

To wrap, the first European landed in Australia in 1606 near Weipa in Queensland. His mum, a Dutchie known as Mrs Janszoon, knew her explorer son as Willem.

If you can do better than that, take me on.

When you read other people's blogs, sometimes they provoke a post for you to write. I thank you Peter. Wikipedia is not always reliable, but I hope it is this time.


  1. I am with you on the Aboriginals descent - but there is also the thoery that they came from different places such as some from India, some from Africa etc as there are tall thin ones, short stocky ones and up near Gympie in the early days there were tribes of what can only be described as pygmie sized ones with a totally different way of talking more like the Bushmen from Kalahari Desert. As well there is a book worth reading called "Lost world of the Kimnerley" by Ian Wilson which described people that even the abriginal people from the region do not know of - their art work is totally different - its all a bit of a mystery.
    Am not sure but they used to say the present aboriginal people came out here 60,000 - 40,000 years ago...but there are so many different people and they did not co exist easily and spent much time on interracial warfare - tribal warfare - just as has happened all over the world...The aboriginal people are not one people thay are the first to recognise this which is what the authorities just don't get. In Kempsey on either side of the river in the old days the two different tribes fought bitterly. Then the government throws them all into the one reserve and apart from the effect of alcohol - doesn't allow for the fact they are different people such as the Scots, Irish and Welsh were mainly Celts and the English mainly Angles, Saxons and Jutes - with a different outlook on life. Its a rich tapestry which has been oversimplified by historians..and by some Aboriginal groups themselves - to make it seem as if it was a nation which it wasn't just like Europe was never a nation but a series of tribal areas which formed into countries as time passed. Noel Pearson is worth a listen to these days as he tells it straight.

  2. You are not alone in your observations Andrew, I've been secretly playing the "bitser" game for years. Skin colour, hair colour, type or distribution, ear shapes, noses, eyes, hands, bum shapes, balding patterns - every body is a challenge. Of course, I keep it to myself.
    Recently learned that someone I had thought for 8 years was genetically x was actually y and had to modify my theories to allow for Mendel's "throwback" phenomenon - 3% Zulu can give someone with white bloodlines a really good tan.
    Thin ankles though, they are definitely not fair. The world will never be free of race issues til cankles are gone from the face of the earth!

  3. I'm glad it provoked you to think about things.

    Nowadays every, western-style, country is a nation of immigrants. When I said that to someone at home [Holland], he said that was not true. When I asked where his parents or grandparents were born, it turned out they came from another country.

    My great-great-great+ grandparents were economic refugees from Rheinland-Westphalia, they left because the taxes were so high in their part of the land [this is 1746] and settled in Amsterdam. I still carry a Germanic name, which is also the name of the proffesion my family has had over the centuries.

  4. The only reason the Dutch didn't take the land was that he managed to land at the crappiest part of the country.
    Captain Cook coming from the opposite direction hit the good bit.

  5. Who discovered Australia?
    I did.
    I opened my door and there it was, in my front yard.

    Would I lie to you?

  6. I always learn a lot on your blog :) Thank you for that :)

  7. Peter Fitzsimons wrote an interesting book about the Dutch merchant vessel 'Batavia' which was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629.

  8. Thanks MC. Plenty of things there I did not know.

    Fruitcake, just as I do. Perhaps I too should keep such things to myself.

    Peter, it is good that you know your family history so well.

    Jah Teh, that is how I understood it.

    Haha River.

    Marina, I hope you retain more than I do.

    Victor, did it say which came first? The island or the ship?