Dampier Archipelago

Dampier Archipelago

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The Dampier Archipelago () is a group of islands near Dampier, Western Australia. It is named after William Dampier, an English buccaneer and explorer who visited in 1699. Dampier named one of the islands, Rosemary Island.


The largest island (or peninsula) in the group was known as Murujuga by the earliest inhabitants, the Yaburara (or Jaburara) people. The first British settlers renamed it Dampier Island and it was later officially renamed Burrup Peninsula.

Marine Resources

Despite being a region through which considerable shipping and industrial activity occurs the archipelago has considerable marine resources Jones, Diana S.Dampier Archipelago down under. Landscope (Como, W.A.), Summer 2003, p. 47-52

Indigenous heritage

In 1868, the area was the site of the Flying Foam massacre, in which between 20 and 150 members of the Yaburara are reported to have been killed.



  • Chittleborough, R. G.,The Dampier Archipelago marine study : a progress report, Perth, W.A.: Dept.of Conservation and Environment, Bulletin 141. 1983.

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