Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Mr J. W. Gliddon and used in his book "Phillip Island in Picture and Story"

Physical description

Photograph of Surgeon George Bass who came ashore on Phillip Island on the morning of January 5th 1798

Inscriptions & markings

At seven o'clock on the morning of January 5th 1798 the famous British navigator Surgeon George Bass stepped ashore on Phillip Island and became the first known white man ever to do so. He had sailed from Sydney in an open whaleboat with six able seamen. Of this voyage by Bass, Matthew Flinders said, "It had probably no equal in the annals of maritime history."