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  1. Gerald

    What an amazing adventure! The boys are getting an incredible education and if they don’t teach this story in school now then at least they know about it. One rumour has it that some aborigines with red hair are the descendants of those who were left on the mainland. And no, the town was not named after me

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    • Geoff

      Hi Gez,

      Yes, an education they are getting alright. We allowed Aidan to read one of the books Celia and I were reading on the Batavia – not so sure this was a good idea.

      There where many interesting words and expressions we had to explain to him in not so obvious words as a result. Hopefully though, by the time high school comes around for him and hopefully the history of the Batavia is taught, he will know about the Batavia better than most at his age …but we still cannot (reasonably) explain those redheads of Geraldton without conjecture. 🙂

      GH

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  2. Muz

    Hey guys, the Batavia history was taught in my school including references to the red headed Gerald clan. I think there is a best seller book and movie out there too.
    So shipwreck, mutiny, riches of gold and jewels, …… What I’d really like to know is how the lobster tasted.!

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    • Geoff

      Hi Tam,

      The Lobster is still frozen solid actually.

      We simply forgot about him as when we arrived back at the airport he was still very much alive and well. We have a 40ltr freezer in the back of the D4 so we put him in there to put him to sleep for the 20 minute journey back home, but forgot about him. he is now frozen solid. He’ll be thawed & cooked on Xmas day is the current plan! 🙂

      GH

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    • Geoff

      Thanks Harry for the lovely comments. Celia says high and put this place high on your next holiday list – not too from to come from Tokyo and if noticed quite a few Harley Davidsons rolling around in the cooler south region – perfect for you! 🙂

      GH

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  3. sonya carpenter

    Gorgeous history but a very tragic, what a life those people had…the Tern is lovely Geoff (difference might be that Fairy Terns are smaller??, like little fairies? re: last entry)…the deceased eagle photograph spooky and awesome, i really like ti. Oh wait…I think i hear your phone ringing ..don’t answer it its probably just Nat Geo with an assignment …loving this travelogue very much! I do recall something in my childhood school days about a the Dutch landing in NT, somewhere further north of where you are and they left people on the mainland i believe it was around Darwin area, (don’t know about red heads?) and it was way before James Cook landed, don’t recall any further detail but it might be another landing from the Dutch. (BTW it was called New Holland once was it not??) I must have been paying attention that day…the landscape is lovely, keep applying that sunscreen… it looks very very hot…love kisses and hugs…Sonxx

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    • Geoff

      Hey Son,

      Taking images of Birds (or most wildlife in General) was not a real interest in my photography until I recently read a book called “The Shark and the Albatross” by John Aitchison. John work is amazing and the stories of how he has taken them are extraordinary and had worked for years with Sir David on many of the BBC wildlife series. After Visiting the Abrolhos – a genuine unique wildlife wilderness and arguably untouched and protected, I can definitely see the attraction in filming birds for conservation and scientific researches benefits. Unless you are atJohn level, not sure it would pay the bills as a full time job, but boy, wouldn’t it be great. (The isolation may be difficult to swallow though)

      Back in the 16th century, yes, we were known as New Holland and it was not until the sailors from old Blity back in 1770 made for the start of colonisation – officially taking place in 1791. Here’s an interesting spin on what supposedly took place puplished by the Aust Gov’t http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/european-discovery-and-colonisation

      GH

      PS, yes, one of the larger misc. expenses of our trip has been 50+ sunscreen – I still manage to get sunburnt on the odd occasions though….

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