Discovery of Australia

Oct 2015
Matosinhos Portugal
The Portuguese navigator Cristóvão Mendonça, around 1522, discovered Australia and gave it the name of .Terra de Java.

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Well there is Java in Indonesia.

Aug 2014
Australians credit Willem Janszoon as the first European to record seeing the coast of Australia, followed by Dirk Hartog - both Dutch.

in the 1970s, Ken McIntyre first developed the idea that the Portugese discovered Australia in the previous century. There has been a lot of work since then to try and corroborate his arguments and they have all been pretty thoroughly debunked. Right now it is unsubstantiated speculation and is likely to remain so until the original Portugese sources are uncovered. The wikipedia article is a decent summary.
Theory of the Portuguese discovery of Australia - Wikipedia
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Ad Honorem
May 2016
The Portuguese navigators from the 15th century to the 17th reached many new lands (new for the Europeans) for the first time and previously that many of their other Europeans counterparts.

So it is quite possible that they reached America previously than Columbus, or Australia previously than Willem Janszoon. The point here is that history is made with sources, and we don’t have fully reliable sources of previous arrivals. On the other hand the case is not solely about the discovery but the consequence of that discovery, establishing the connection between two lands, two worlds, marking it in the map, and disclosing it. So if the Portuguese arrived first to Australia than the Dutch, that arrival apparently didn’t had historical consequences.

in the 1970s, Ken McIntyre first developed the idea that the Portugese discovered Australia in the previous century.
As the link that you provided to Wikipedia shows, the theory is from the 19th century, if not previous.
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Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
If the Chinese did reach Australia, the historical consequences of that arrival were apparently exactly the same as the Portuguese arrival: none.
If you don't tell anyone, then I don't think you deserve the credit of having discovered it, since it was irrelevant as far as the rest of the world knows.

And accidentally washing up on shore as a shipwreck survivor doesn't qualify as discovering a place. Also the evidence for both the Chinese and Portuguese is not definitive, merely suggestive, so their claims should be ignored until concrete proof is presented, which hasn't happened yet.

People accept the Vikings were in North America first because there is actual physical evidence to support it, not just highly convoluted arguments and ambiguous evidence. Still, we don't celebrate Leif Erickson Day in the US, but still Columbus, since his discovery is what made a difference.

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