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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1320 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2018 by Hon Ken Baston

Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 5 December 2018

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN 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?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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 modern.

(2) Not applicable.