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Dampier Archipelago History

Episode: 5
Broadcast: 22 May 2016
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

  • Dampier Arhcipelago and its history dates back to dream time. The Yabburarra people lived there for thousands of years.
  • In 1699 William Dampier in command of a 26 gun war ship, the HMA Roebuck, sailed through there recording its spectacular coast line.
  • The modern history of the archipelago is amazing; for a few hundred years, pearls, whaling and pastoral property running sheep were the backbone of the area.
  • In modern times Dampier is better known as one of the worlds great mineral resource shipping ports as it has a deep harbor and easy access to the salt, Iron Ore and gas that is mined in the region.

For more information, contact the Karratha Visitor Centre