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."
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Discovery of a Lost White Tribe changes Australia’s history - 28 April, 1656 The First Settlement of Australia - Western Australian Aboriginals claim Dutch ancestry - Sensational book rewrites Australia’s history

"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

Why did the Governor Stirling, Western Australia’s first governor, hide the existence of a lost white tribe discovered in 1832? How did a Lost White Tribe of 300 people suddenly disappear in 1833? The Lost White Tribes of Australia solves a long standing mystery of a lost white settlement that had become shipwrecked in Western Australia in 1656. Rediscovered in 1832, Governor Stirling rushed back to London to reveal the news to the British Government. Unable to obtain concessions for a struggling Swan River Colony, Stirling released an edited version of an explorer’s journal in the Leeds Mercury newspaper, 25 January, 1834.

Fearful that the truth should be revealed, the British government granted Stirling important concessions to keep the colony afloat. He returned to the colony with a knighthood and immediately set about ensuring that no settlement or exploration should take place near the location of the Lost White Tribe. Their existence remained a secret until 2012 when Henry Van Zanden rediscovered the first Lost White Tribe of Australia.

1788 is universally regarded as the first white European settlement of Australia. However, situated on almost the same latitude but on the opposite side of Australia, there had already existed another European settlement that had been struggling to survive since 1656. These were the survivors of the shipwreck, Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon), which fell victim to the extreme weather and hidden reefs off the Western Australia coast. Travelling inland in search of food, water and shelter, these survivors formed Australia’s first white settlement.

...he belonged to a small community, all as white as himself, he said about three hundred; that they lived in houses enclosed all together within a great wall to defend them from black men; that their fathers came there about one hundred and seventy years ago, as they said, from a distant land across the great sea; and that their ship broke, and eighty men and ten of their sisters with many things were saved on shore ... 1832 Dale

During Henry's research, he became intrigued by an article published 25 January, 1834 in an English newspaper. The article was an edited account of the discovery of a lost white tribe of 300 white people who claimed that they were the descendants of a 17th century Dutch shipwreck.

He was determined to discover whether there was any truth in the article by conducting an in depth research of the Lost White Tribe. After two expeditions to Western Australia, interviews with Aboriginals claiming Dutch ancestry and many hours of research in the Mitchell Library, he came to the conclusion that the article was a true account of an extraordinary discovery. The breakthrough occurred after he found a map in the Mitchell library that showed the location of the Lost White Tribe.

"The Lost White Tribes of Australia is now available for purchase!!! I have read it and I can honestly say it is amazing. It is a massive A4 size, full colour and includes a whopping 218 pages of pure Gilt Dragon pleasure. This book is truly comprehensive and is an invaluable information resource."

The Gilt Dragon Research Group


"A very well constructed and researched account of the events surrounding the Vergulde Draeck, comprehensively laid out in an easy to read format, a very modern and valuable addition to any researchers library."

David Jackson, professional diver/ guide and charter boat skipper in Perth

This book will:

  • change Australia’s history proving that Australia’s first European settlement occurred not in 1788, but in 1656.
  • enriched readers by a number of personal stories such as the epic voyage of Abraham Leeman who somehow sailed a makeshift boat from the coast just north of Perth to Indonesia.
  • provide a variety of evidence from archaelogical discoveries, explorers’ journals, settlers’ diaries, Aboriginal stories to satellite imagery, modern photography and DNA testing.
  • detail the survivors of two shipwrecks stories as they are followed in their quest for survival and settlement: the Vergulde Draeck, [Gilt Dragon] and the Zuytdorp, [South village].
  • reveal the latest DNA results of Dutch descended Aboriginals are revealed.

By purchasing this book you will get:

  • a fully illustrated with colour photos, original maps and period paintings picture of what really happened.
  • taste a slice of history rich in stories with a sensational topping: the story of the a Lost White Tribe, the first European settlement of Australia.
People need to know is the truth of an amazing story of the discovery of a Lost White Tribe found in Australia that a British newspaper printed in 1834. The 300 descendants of a Dutch 17th century shipwreck were never rediscovered. The author, Henry Van Zanden, solved the mystery of not only the location of the Lost White Tribe, but what had happened to them.

This book will give the reader a comprehensive account of the fascinating history-changing stories surrounding the Lost White Tribes of Australia. The author will reveal the name of the shipwreck, where they settled and stories of their interactions with neighbouring Aboriginal tribes. The mystery as to what had happened to 300 people who had lived as a white tribe for 176 years will be solved.
The reader will discover that there had been more than one shipwreck where Dutch sailors had survived on the Australian mainland. A detailed account is written of their survival and assimilation into Aboriginal tribes.
Finally 20th century Aboriginals who claimed that they were descended from Dutch sailors are interviewed. The reader will be shocked by the results of DNA tests and the comments made by Australia’s foremost historian, Geoffrey Blainey.

'This insightful book is the result of years of painstaking research by the author Henry Van Zanden. I was dumbstruck when I read the Leeds Mercury newspaper article dated Jan 25, 1834 “Discovery of a white colony on the northern shore of New Holland.” This thought provoking book has implications for education and the rewriting of Australian history.'

Christine O’Connell


"Instantly both fascinated and drawn to the title “The Lost White Tribes of Australia 1656”, I was captivated from the first page and thoroughly enjoyed this all engrossing hard to put down book."

Dineke Neems (Port Macquaire)


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The period from1606 to 1770 are the most neglected years in Australian history. It is a period of discovery with over 35 contacts made by Dutch mariners before 1770. It is a period of significant shipwrecks including the Batavia in 1629 which led to the marooning of two sailors who became our first European settlers. The Vergulde Draeck (1656) and Zuytdorp (1712) shipwrecks marked the beginning of the first white settlement of Australia. The survivors from unknown shipwrecks in the far north of Western Australia, south of Perth and in south-western Victoria are the mysteries that will be investigated in The Lost White Tribes Part 2.

The book will always be evolving as new evidence comes into view. Henry will continually update each new edition with the latest evidence. Be a part of history. Any reader who uncovers new evidence will be accredited with that find.

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