The Batavia, or: A Bad Time for Everyone
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On 4th of June, 1629, the Dutch ship Batavia struck a reef off the coast of a then unknown land (now Western Australia). It took a week for the Batavia to sink, but the real tragedy had not even begun. 

CORRECTION: The Batavia was launched in 1628, not 1629 as stated in the episode. The wrecking of the ship and the events on Batavia’s Graveyard do take place in 1629. 

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Further Reading/Listening:

  • “Australia’s worst serial killer”, hosted by Dom Knight and David Hunt on podcast Rum, Rebels, & Ratbags 
  • Wreck of the Batavia from the National Museum Australia 
  • Batavia’s History from the Western Australian Museum
  • Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny by Mike Dash
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