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Thread #66740   Message #1324977
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Nov-04 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Van Diemen's Land
Subject: RE: Folklore: Van Dieman's Land
G'day Marco (and Foolestroupe!)

Anthony Van Diemen was the Governor of the Dutch East Indies in 1636. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who had been hospitably received by him, named the Island south of Nieuwe Hollande (now Australia) "Van Diemen's Land" in his honour, in 1642.