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ⓘ Flag Hill, Houtman Abrolhos. Flag Hill is the highest hill on East Wallabi Island, and the highest point in the Houtman Abrolhos, an archipelago off the coast o ..



                                     

ⓘ Flag Hill (Houtman Abrolhos)

Flag Hill is the highest hill on East Wallabi Island, and the highest point in the Houtman Abrolhos, an archipelago off the coast of Western Australia. It is located in the north-east of the island; its gazetted location is 28°26′7″S 113°44′14″E, but in fact it is located somewhat east of there at about 28°26′02″S 113°44′18″E. It is about 15 metres high.

Although East Wallabi Island was extensively explored by survivors of the 1629 Batavia shipwreck, no records of that event refer specifically to Flag Hill. Accordingly, discovery of the hill is attributed to John Clements Wickham, Commander during the third voyage of HMS Beagle, which surveyed East Wallabi Island in May 1840. Wickhams lieutenant, John Lort Stokes, later wrote:

"he loftiest point rising on the north-east extreme of E. Wallaby Island, measures no more than 50 feet 15 m. The loftiest, which is called Flag Hill, is, as I have mentioned, on the north-eastern extreme, and has a long finger-shaped point running out from its foot in a north-east direction. Flag Hill is a rock formed of sand and comminuted shells."

No explanation for the name "Flag Hill" was given.

From the peak of Flag Hill, Wickhams party sighted an island to the north-north-west; they would later visit it and name it North Island.

                                     
  • North Island is the northernmost island in the Houtman Abrolhos a coral reef archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mid West Western Australia
  • a point in the north - eastern corner of East Wallabi Island in the Houtman Abrolhos island chain off the coast of Western Australia. It is located at 28 25 40 S
  • East Wallabi Island is an island in the Wallabi Group of the Houtman Abrolhos located in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of mainland Australia. East
  • successful navigation of the Abrolhos Houtman made landfall in the region Hartog had encountered. 1622 Leeuwin landed south of Abrolhos 1622 English ship
  • Green, Jeremy N. 1975 The VOC ship Batavia wrecked in 1629 on the Houtman Abrolhos Western Australia, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
                                     
  • Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. Hoisted the Flag Claim for Major Lockyer The Argus. Melbourne. 12 January 1931. p. 6.
  • Green, Jeremy N. 1975 The VOC ship Batavia wrecked in 1629 on the Houtman Abrolhos Western Australia, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
  • Notes 1 1 Island Houtman Abrolhos 28 54 34 S 113 52 55 E 28.90944 S 113.88194 E - 28.90944 113.88194 1 Island Houtman Abrolhos Mid West 2 2 Island
  • Davis Island Houtman Abrolhos 28 54 53 S 113 52 33 E 28.91472 S 113.87583 E - 28.91472 113.87583 Davis Island Houtman Abrolhos Davy Island

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