MUSEUM — SHIPWRECKS — ABROLHOS ISLANDS
1320. Hon KEN BASTON to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Local Government:
The co-discoverer of the 1629 Batavia
and the primary finder of the 1727 Zeewijk, Mr Hugh Edwards,
believes that in 2009 he and a group of volunteer explorers found and
identified an additional historic wreck in the Abrolhos Islands. The Western Australian
Museum was informed of the fact.
(1) Will the
minister provide details of any official expeditions, diving or otherwise,
since 1978 undertaken by the Western Australian Museum on the outside Zeewijk
site in an effort to confirm or deny the existence of at least one other wreck?
(2) If no official search of the
outside Zeewijk site has occurred, what are the reasons for this?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) In 2009, an
inspection of the Zeewijk site was undertaken. In 2014, the Western Australian
Museum conducted a survey expedition to geo-reference the site. In March 2016,
an aerial magnetometer survey of the site was undertaken. In November 2016, the
WA Museum conducted an expedition, including remote sensing with a magnetometer
and side scan sonar and dives on selected sites. All significant targets,
except for one that was in a difficult site to access because of the swell,
were investigated and in all cases the targets were either geological or
(2) Not applicable.