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Viewing Entry - Batavia (S12724)
by FitzSimons, Peter

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TitleBatavia : betrayal, shipwreck, murder, sexual slavery, courage : a spine-chilling chapter in Australian history
Author / Responsible partyFitzSimons, Peter
TopicsHistory Batavia (Ship). Shipwrecks -- Australia -- Houtman Abrolhos (W.A.). Shipwrecks -- Australia -- Western Australia -- History -- 17th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


The Shipwreck of the Batavia combines, in just the one tale, the birth of the world's first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good vs evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. The story is set in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the long-boat across 2000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have. Quietly, he puts forward a plan on how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest and spare only a half-dozen or so women to service their sexual needs.

Additional Information

System control numberS12724
Original Print PublisherNorth Sydney, NSW : William Heinemann, 2012.
NarratorRichard Aspel.
Narrator NameRichard Aspel.
Participant or performer noteRichard Aspel.
Narrators GenderMale narrator
Contains Sexual ContentSexual Content
Contains Violent ContentGraphic Violence