The Christian Foundations of Australia

In 1607, Quiros from Peru discovered the New Hebrides (just over a thousand miles to the east of Australia) — which he named:4 Land of the Holy Spirit. Then, in 1616, the


1 Muir & Morcom, Brisbane, circa 1887, pp. 1f & 10f. 2 F.L.W. Wood: Concise History of Australia, Dymock's Book Arcade, Sydney, 1936, pp. 1-5. 3 Art. Jansz, Willem, in Concise Encyclopedia of Australia and New Zealand [hereinafter styled CEANZ], Horwitz Grahame, Cammeray N.S.W. Australia, I p. 504. 4 See C.M.H. Clark: A History of Australia, University Press, Melbourne, I pp. 14-16. “Until the refutation of Dr. oMoran’s views by E. O’Brien, children in Catholic schools were taught that Quiros discovered Australia, while in the Protestant and State Schools the honour was given to the Dutch — to Jansz or Hartog…. O’Brien thus followed [Captain] Cook not only in his opinion of the site of Austrialia del Espiritu Santo [namely in the New Hebrides], but also in his estimate of the significance of the Dutch. So Quiros lost that sort of pre-eminence.".