Happy Australian Day to all our friends down under!
A nice summer day, enjoy the “Barbie” (note from the editor : looking for trouble?) and a cold one for us!
For us between here and there, lay an ocean with some nice weather patterns! A couple of days ago we discovered a great service rendered by Bob McDavitt. Every Sunday this gentleman produces a synopsis for the weather in the south Pacific, which covers the Galapagos to Australia. This explains the reason of our post today: in order to not forget about it for when we are out there, why not make of post about it and therefore share with you as well! Isn’t that smart?
On the other hand, and before anybody says anything we know Mr. McDavitt is from New Zealand not Australia!
Two way to get it via a blog or when on route via e-mail. Just send an e-mail at Query@saildocs.com Subject: whatever you wish Message: send NZ.WGRM and only this or you might get an error message for every other word, and few seconds later you have it.
Evidently you should not base your entire passage on one source, though this one could easily be one of the three to cross reference.
Did you guess where we are taking you today? Southern Australia, and please forgive me for being so stereotypical and we are going to visit Kangaroo Island. No I am not making it up, seriously Google it if you don’t believe me.
Kangaroo Island was separated from mainland Australia by a rise in sea level over 9,000 years ago. Stone tools found suggest that Aboriginal people occupied the land at least 11,000 years ago; it is supposed that they disappeared in 200 BC. Theories about the cause include disease and inbreeding, warfare, climatic change or exodus.
In 1802 British explorer Matthew Flinders, Commanding HMS Investigator, named the land “Kanguroo (sic) Island” after landing near Kangaroo Head on the north coast of Dudley Peninsula. He was closely followed by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin, who mapped much of the island (which is why so many areas have French names). Although the French and the British were at war at the time, the men met peacefully. They both used the fresh water seeping at what is now known as Hog Bay near Frenchman’s Rock; the community is now called Penneshaw.
An unofficial community of sealers and others was set up on Kangaroo Island from 1802 to the time of South Australia’s official settlement in 1836. The sealers were rough men and several kidnapped Aboriginal women from Tasmania and mainland South Australia. The women were forced to do the work of sealers, amongst other activities. Three Aboriginal women tried to escape and swim back to the mainland; one is on record as having survived the journey. The first ship to arrive was the Duke of York commanded by Captain Robert Clark Morgan (1798–1864).