Who Discovered Australia
The minimum widely-accepted time frame
for the arrival of humans in Australia is placed at least 40,000 years ago.
    39,000 years later
1434 AD China 1421 The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy 1421 The Year China Discovered the World See Gavin Menzies views on 'How China discovered the world'.
In his book titled '1434' he details the Chinese fleets that sailed in 1434 to many parts of the world.
He lists various Chinese items discovered around the Australian coast.
You need to read the book to understand his research.
On the 8th of March, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China.
    87 years later
1521 Portugal     Beyond Capricorn Christopher de Mendonca - mapped the west coast of Australia.
The book Beyond Capricorn by Peter Trickett challenges the commonly held view that the European discovery of Australia was by the Dutch.
The primary evidence of Portugal's maritime exploits in the seas around Australia is contained in a collection of extraordinary yet little-known early sixteenth century maps. Known as the Vallard Atlas, these maps depict all the far-ranging Portuguese voyages of that time - including those to the coasts of Australia in astonishing detail.
Wikipedia - Theory_of_Portuguese_discovery_of_Australia
    2 years later
1523 Portugal Christopher de Mendonca - mapped the east and part of the south coast of Australia.
    106 years later
1629 Dutch The Dutch ship 'Batavia' was wrecked on the Abrolhos Islands - June 4th 1629
See Wikipedia
    13 years later
1642 Dutch Abel Janzoon Tasman - 24th November 1642 - Abel Tasman sighted the west coast of Tasmania, north of Macquarie Harbour.
See Wikipedia
    46 years later
1688 English William Dampier - He was the first Englishman to explore or map parts of New Holland (Australia) - Early in 1688, his ship, Cygnet was beached on the northwest coast of Australia, near King Sound. While the ship was being careened Dampier made notes on the fauna and flora and the indigenous peoples he found there.
See Wikipedia
    4 years later
1772 French Marion Dufresne - Frederick Henry Bay, Tas - 3 March 1772 - Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
See Australian History.org
    One year later
1773 English Tobias Furneaux - February 8, 1773 - south and east coasts of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania)
See Wikipedia
    4 years later
1777 English Captain James Cook - 24 January 1777 - Adventure Bay, Tasmania. See Wikipedia
    One year later
1788 English The First Fleet reached Botany Bay on 18 January 1788.
See Wikipedia also The First Fleet Online
    Two days later
1788 French Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse - Botany Bay on 24 January 1788.
    4 years later
1792 French Bruni D'Entrecasteaux - 23 April 1792 - Recherche Bay, Tasmania
    One year later
1793English John Hayes - 24 April 1793 - eastern Tasmania and named the Derwent River

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