More Bodies Found on The Abrolhos, The Site of Australia’s First Mass Murder

Posted by Jean-Yves on Nov 14, 2017

The mutiny and massacre that occurred on Dutch sailing ship the Batavia in 1629 is Australia’s bloodiest shipwreck.

After making her way south, the Batavia struck a reef 40km off the coast of Western Australia near the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, a chain of 122 islands in the Indian Ocean. About 40 people drowned trying to make it to land. But those who survived to swim to the nearby Beacon Island — later named Batavia’s Graveyard — were in for worse.

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