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

"Much of Australian’s early history has been lost but this book will help bring a lot that has been lost in time or perhaps even buried away, back into being."
Henny Crijns-Coenen

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About the Author

Henry Van Zanden, the son of Dutch migrants, is an Australian author. Even as a 10 year
old, Van Zanden had a passion for the 17th century Dutch explorers that arrived in
Australia as early as 164 years before Cook. His love of history continued into university
where he studied the histories of every continent including South-East Asia and Australia.
In 1997, Van Zanden released his first book, 1606 Discovery of Australia.

The success of this book encouraged Van Zanden to produce a six part series, Australia
Discovered. This led him to undertake a number of exploratory expeditions to Western
Australia and Victoria after he became aware of the existence of Dutch sailors who
became marooned on Australian shores.

The Lost White Tribes of Australia, the fifth book in the series, was released first due to the
importance of its content: 1656 The First Settlement of Australia. The book challenges the
orthodox view that Australia’s first European settlers arrived in 1788. During his long
investigations, Van Zanden discovered that there had been more than one ‘Lost White
Tribe’ resulting in the final book in the series, The Lost White Tribes of Australia, Part 2.

The series, Australia Discovered, will begin with the most detailed story and analysis of
Australia’s first discoverer, Captain Willem Janszoon. Interwoven amongst the intricate
backdrop of the Dutch arrival in the East Indies and the political machinations in Europe,
Van Zanden investigates the many contacts the Dutch made with Australia but keeping the
reader informed of the historical context. Scant detail has been revealed of these voyages
to the world’s most recent discovery: Terra Australis Incognito, the Unknown Southland.

Mr Van Zanden has attempted to correct this by revealing the stories behind the
discoveries, shipwrecks and exploratory voyages made by the Dutch between 1606 and
the 18th century. Included are the colourful stories and adventures of the mutiny and
eventual shipwreck of the Batavia off the Western Australian coast in 1629.

The voyages of Abel Tasman in 1642 and 1644 will reveal not only the extent of his
discoveries but solve historical mysteries that have baffled historians for the last decade.
The series, Australia Discovered, will finally fill the yawning gap in Australia’s history, a
story ignored, trivialised and more often erased form Australia’s history.

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