This it the true story of the search for one of Australia's most enduring maritime mysteries, an ancient shipwreck lost deep in the snake infested 18 Mile Swamp on Stradbroke Island on the east coast of Australia. Written by historian and archaeologist Greg Jefferys, he tells how the shipwreck was known to the Aborigines for hundreds of years and was first shown to white settlers in the 1870s but as time passed its location was forgotten. Aboriginal tradition has it that the remains were from a lost Spanish or Portugese expedition; the survivors of which were accepted and integrated into the Aboriginal people's society after all hope of returning to their base was lost. This book is the result of more than 20 years research by archaeologist and historian Greg Jefferys and includes numerous maps and photographs as well as detailed oral histories related to the galleon legend from Aboriginal and European sources. It includes the reports of people who found the shipwreck in the 19th and early part of the 20th century as well as information passed on to the author by Aboriginal people of Stradbroke Island. It also lists artefacts (often with images) that have been taken from the wreck over the years as well as the legends of a vast buried treasure hidden by the wreck's survivors, the location of which was passed down through the generations of their descendants. An interesting addition to the historical and archaeological material is created by the author using the stories told to him by Aboriginal descendants of the shipwreck survivors to reconstruct the original shipwreck story. The result is an exciting tale of the shipwreck and the fate of its survivors, this story runs parallel with the first hand account of the search for the shipwreck by three adventurers, the author with Dr Cliff Rosendahl and marine engineer Brad Horton.
This is the only book to completely document the history and archaeology of the Stradbroke Island Galleon. Greg Jefferys has a degree in Archaeology and a Masters Degree in History. This work challenges all accepted histories of the discovery of Australia and has created a significant backlash from Australia's maritime history 'establishment'.