Blog post from Saturday, 5 September, 2015

On this day, 5 September, in 1699, William Dampier’s expedition left the western shores of New Holland (Australia)

William Dampier was an English explorer who became the first person to circumnavigate the globe three times. He led several expeditions to Central America, South East Asia, and the Pacific. After leaving New Holland, the expedition planned to travel via Timor and New Guinea on their way to explore the eastern shores of New Holland, however they were forced to turn back within 100 miles of New Holland as their ship, the HMS Roebuck, was badly damaged.

The ship sank on their return voyage to England, leaving the crew marooned on Ascension Island for five weeks until they were rescued.

These images are from the digitised versions of his accounts of his voyages, accessible through the database Eighteenth Century Collections Online, available from home to residents of NSW with a valid Library card.

Biographies are available through The State Library of New South Wales EResources, in particular, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography