Henry Van Zanden

1629 Mutiny on the Batavia – Paperback

The tragic tale of the Batavia is one of the greatest stories ever told. Indeed, when Commander Pelsaert’s Journal was first published in 1647, it became a best seller. Mutiny on the Batavia has everything: drama, romance, adventure, mystery, murder, massacre and mayhem.
In 1628, the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia was the largest ship built by the biggest company in the world, the Dutch East India Company [VOC]. Filled full of treasure, plots of mutiny fermented during the long


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The tragic tale of the Batavia is one of the greatest stories ever told. Indeed, when Pelsaert’s Journal was first published in 1647, it became a best seller. The story has everything: drama, romance, adventure, mystery, murder, massacre and mayhem.

Although written as a historical fiction, the book is as historically accurate as possible. Written with the aim of bringing Batavia to the cinemas, it has all of the ingredients to become one of the greatest movies ever made. 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.

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? Is it better to die an honourable death or live a dishonourable life as a murderer?

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  • Chapter 2 – Rescue Attempt
  • Chapter 3 – Abraham Leeman and his epic tale of survival
  • Chapter 4 – Leeds Mercury Article 25 January 1834
  • Chapter 5 – Prime Meridian
  • Chapter 6 – The Lost White Tribe
  • Chapter 7 – Karakin Lakes – Site of the Lost White Tribe
  • Chapter 8 – Legend of the Lost White Tribe
  • Chapter 9 – Yagan and Lyon
  • Chapter 10 – Aboriginal Stories of a White Settlement
  • Chapter 11 – Aboriginal Legend of a ‘Lost White Tribe’ and the Great Flood
  • Chapter 12 – Relocation of the Lost White Tribe
  • Chapter 13 – The Irwin River Valley Settlement
  • Chapter 14 – Champion Bay
  • Chapter 15 – Dioscorea hastifolia
  • Chapter 16 – The Zuytdorp 1712
  • Chapter 17 – A New Dutch-Aboriginal Language
  • Chapter 18 – Lost White Tribes Descendants

Who is this book for?

The book would be ideal for lovers of Australian history, Dutch-Australians interested in the early Dutch explorers and HSC year 11 students of both Ancient and Modern history.

Readers who love real life mysteries of our early Australian history will enjoy the stories of shipwreck, survival, attempts at rescue and how the Lost White Tribes interacted with the
Aboriginal tribes.

The intrigue surrounding the coverup of the Lost White Tribe’s existence will engage the reader interested in the search for the truth.