The 150th anniversary if the founding of Western Australia is a significant milestone in the history of our State. This, the Western Australian Sesquicentenary Series, is a collection of scholarly essays on a number of important themes about Western Australia, its people and its resources, and has been published specifically to mark that occasion. Much of the work has been researched by members of tertiary institutions and government instrumentalities and written expressly for this series. In the list of contributors are the names of many Western Australians who are in the forefront of their particular field. The collection is seen as a worthwhile contribution to the scholarly heritage of the State, and I should like to express my appreciation to the Series Coordinating Committee, under the chairmanship of Dr R. L. Vickery, for the conception and planning of the series.
13 February 1979
Sir Charles Court
Premier of Western Australia
This book outlines European exploration of the western coast of Australia since the early seventeenth century. Dutch traders on their voyages to the East Indies revealed to Europeans details of an arid, dangerous and inhospitable land.
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