Seventeenth-century Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed on the west coast of Australia on the 25th of October 1616 (only the second European to do so).

Having tarried merely three days on the continent, he set sail again, writing in his ship’s log, “This land is curſed, the animals hop not run the birds run not fly and the ſwans are black not white. This land is curſed and I’ll have naught more to do with it.”

Had he remained for three months, Hartog would, no doubt, have also made mention of Australia’s insufferable heat.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to Cursed!

  1. I have always wondered why one would leave the moderate climate of England to live there?


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