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Australian Explorers

Sunday, December 3, 1797. :   Bass departs Sydney to determine whether Van Diemen's Land is an island or part of the Australian continent.

     The island of Tasmania, originally "Van Diemen's Land", was discovered by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642. It was thought to be part of the Australian mainland, though some seamen had their suspicions that it might be an island. Among them were George Bass and Matthew Flinders who, in 1796, together explored and charted the coastline south of Sydney.

The following year, Bass sought sponsorship from Governor Hunter to determine whether a navigable strait existed between Van Diemen's Land and the Australian continent. Bass departed Sydney on 3 December 1797, with six naval volunteers and an 8.5m long whaleboat. It was on this journey that Bass discovered the strait that is now named after him.


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But you, O God, will bring those murderers and liars to their graves before half their life is over. As for me, I will trust in you.
Psalms 55:23 (c) GNB
Old liars are as rare as old fat people. They all die before their time because of their lifestyle.

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