Case 138

The Batavia

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Case 138

The Batavia

The Batavia set sail from Amsterdam with a fleet of seven other ships, carrying 341 people who ranged from V.O.C officials, sailors and soldiers, to relatively well-off passengers travelling with their families. The Batavia was packed with valuable cargo, including stone to build factories with, silverware, jewels, and a fortune in coins that would amount to almost 41 million Australian dollars in today’s currency.

Life on the ship was harsh, perilous, and unpleasant. Sleeping quarters were cramped and barrels of drinking water were contaminated with worms and algae. Outbreaks of infectious and nutritional deficiency diseases were common, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers… However, the worst was yet to come.

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

PRIMARY SOURCES:

Commander Francisco Pelsaert’s journal 

 

BOOKS:

Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny – Mike Dash

The Wreck of the Batavia – Simon Leys

Islands of Angry Ghosts – Hugh Edwards

 

WEBSITES:

VOC Historical Society – Batavia 

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Databases 

National Museum of Australia 

The Grey Company

Wreck of the Batavia

 

ARTICLES:

Beacon Island Burials

Archaeologists discover new mass grave from notorious shipwreck

Batavia’s mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

Databases of people aboard the VOC ships Batavia & Zeewijk

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Shipwreck Detectives – Batavia’s Bones

60 Minutes Australia – Island of Horror

 

 

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The Batavia set sail from Amsterdam with a fleet of seven other ships, carrying 341 people who ranged from V.O.C officials, sailors and soldiers, to relatively well-off passengers travelling with their families. The Batavia was packed with valuable cargo, including stone to build factories with, silverware, jewels, and a fortune in coins that would amount to almost 41 million Australian dollars in today’s currency.

Life on the ship was harsh, perilous, and unpleasant. Sleeping quarters were cramped and barrels of drinking water were contaminated with worms and algae. Outbreaks of infectious and nutritional deficiency diseases were common, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers… However, the worst was yet to come.

 

***
Sign the Lindsay Buziak petition here.
***

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

PRIMARY SOURCES:

Commander Francisco Pelsaert’s journal 

 

BOOKS:

Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny – Mike Dash

The Wreck of the Batavia – Simon Leys

Islands of Angry Ghosts – Hugh Edwards

 

WEBSITES:

VOC Historical Society – Batavia 

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Databases 

National Museum of Australia 

The Grey Company

Wreck of the Batavia

 

ARTICLES:

Beacon Island Burials

Archaeologists discover new mass grave from notorious shipwreck

Batavia’s mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

Databases of people aboard the VOC ships Batavia & Zeewijk

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Shipwreck Detectives – Batavia’s Bones

60 Minutes Australia – Island of Horror

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Dog’s Lounge – Get 20% OFF your first order with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

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