The Lost White Tribes of Australia Part 1: 1656 The First Settlement of Australia

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Lost White Tribes of Australia Part Two. 'Individuals of an Alien White Race.'

Henry Van Zanden - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Lost White Tribes Part Two. 'Individuals of an Alien White Race' is now available. Write to

I have only limited copies left. However, there will be another print run before Christmas 2018. 

Cost: $50 plus $15 postage. The book is in A4 format, 226 pages and in full colour.

1629 Mutiny on the Batavia

Henry Van Zanden - Monday, May 30, 2016

At long last the ebook, 1629 Mutiny on the Batavia, is finished.

It is available at using Kindle. If you don't have Kindle, it is available as a free download from Amazon.

Initially I wrote the book as a history but that has already been done extremely well by Mike Dash in his book, Batavia’s Graveyard. I also realised that there were a lot of gaps in the narrative. However, these gaps could only be filled if I wrote the book as a historical fiction. 

I read everything I possibly could on each part of the narrative. I also wrote everything down in chronological order so that I could make better sense of what really happened. Slowly I added some meat to the characters either through dialogue or a more detailed description of their involvement in events. Previously the minor characters were just names attached to events. I have endeavoured to bring some of these characters to life.

Mutiny on the Batavia is one of the world’s greatest stories. If it were fiction, people would complain that it was just too unbelievable. It’s not just the story of the shipwreck itself, but the lead up to the shipwreck that is fascinating. To really understand the characters, it was necessary to look at their world and how it influenced their subsequent actions after the shipwreck. In particular, how an extreme religious sect influenced Jeronimus Cornelisz, a man did no believe in Satan but if he did exist, then it was surely Cornelisz.

I differed from some historians in the treatment of Commander Pelsaert,whose journal about the Batavia shipwreck was written in third person in 1647. I suspected that Pelsaert was not always truthful in his account. He was keen to avoid any blame and therefore attempted to blacken Captain Ariaen Jacobsz’s name. 

Few historians have written about what was happening in the city of Batavia (Jakarta) at the time of the departure and shipwreck of the Batavia. The soldiers aboard the ship and other ships in the fleet, were being urgently sent as reinforcements to the Batavia Castle, the city fortress under siege by 20,000 men. At the same time, a very tragic love story was unfolding. The events and the tragic love story eventually unite with the survivors of the shipwreck after their arrival in Batavia. Both plots intersect with the final action delivering a fascinating conclusion with a remarkable and unexpected twist.

Although it has been written as a historical fiction, every attempt has been made to create a story as historically accurate as possible.

1629 Mutiny on the Batavia was written with the aim of bringing the story to the cinemas. If it is expertly produced and directed, it will become one of the greatest movies ever made.

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” 

Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

Although the story by itself is enough to capture the reader’s imagination, it is also a story of absolute evil corrupting the good. If Satan did exist, he would have personified himself as Jeronimus Cornelisz, 

It is a story of a struggle to retain our human dignity, our decency when the temptations of greed, lust, power and ultimately, a choice between a life as a murderer or death, are put to the test. Readers will ask themselves whether it is better to die an honourable death or live a dishonourable life as a murderer.

For the author it was a horrific journey: “I had to ‘live’ the evil that festered in the minds of maniacal men as well as ‘feel’ the terror of the helpless victims. I had to enter into a dark place, a place that I had never been before to engage in the most unspeakable evil and commit, in my mind, the most despicable and depraved acts of barbarism.” This is not a book for the very young or the faint hearted.

The book asks some uncomfortable questions, such as: How much evil would you be prepared to commit in order to stay alive? How many people would you kill before you stop?

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” 

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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Henry Van Zanden - Sunday, June 30, 2013


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Henry Van Zanden - Thursday, June 27, 2013


I will be deleting all of the blogs as I am getting far too much spam mail coming in making it impossible for me to get through the 396 blogs I have received. 

From now on I will only keep blogs that mention something that is either specific to the website or the book. I'm thinking about deleting the whole 396. 


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Henry Van Zanden - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thank you for all of the kind comments. Unfortunately I have not been able to reply to the 396 posts that I have recently received.  Due to my mail box congestion, sometimes I am unable to send out any replies.

My apologies.

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Henry Van Zanden - Monday, May 06, 2013

Thanks every one for both the support and comments especially in regards to both the book and the ABC interview. Don't forget you can send me any stories that you may know if re The Lost White Tribes and not just in WA.

The Lost White Tribes of Australia – research for Part 2 underway.

Henry Van Zanden - Monday, March 18, 2013

Thank you to all the readers, especially from WA who have sent in quite a large number of letters many of which have provided useful information to be used in the second edition of The Lost White Tribes of Australia, Part 1: 1656 The First Settlement of Australia.

I didn't realise that there were so many people searching for signs of the survivors of the Vergulde Draeck which became shipwrecked on the WA coast in 1656. For some, their search has been almost a lifelong pursuit. 

New research for The Lost White Tribes Part 2 will begin in April starting in WA. I already have some good leads there thanks to some enthusiastic readers. 

There is one apology that I need to make. I mistakenly believed and printed that Tim Coleman had died. However, it was his daughter who had unfortunately passed away. I will be visiting Tim next month to renew our friendship. 

I will try and answer all the letters regarding the fate of the survivors of the Vergulde Draeck. All the leads already provided will be acknowledged in future editions or in Part 2 of the Lost White Tribes.

Part 2 will feature the Lost White Tribes in the Kimberley and South-western Victoria (18th century). It will be in the same format as Part 1 and will be about 200 pages in full colour.

Best wishes,

Henry Van Zanden – author of the Lost White Tribes of Australia Part 1: 1656 The First Settlement of Australia.

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Henry Van Zanden - Friday, March 08, 2013
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