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9 Exmouth: Barque Stefano

Barque Stefano

Book Review: The wreck of the barque Stefano off the north west cape of Australia in 1875

Miho Baccich and Ivan Jurich shortly after their rescue, Fremantle, 1876.

Rathe, R 1990, The wreck of the barque Stefano off the North West Cape of Australia in 1875, Hesperian, Victoria Park, WA.

Baccich in New Orleans about 1882.

Rathe, R 1990, The wreck of the barque Stefano off the North West Cape of Australia in 1875, Hesperian, Victoria Park, WA.

Barque Stefano Cyber-Trail

Interactive Map - Shipwrecks of Western Australia

Pearling Industry & WA History

Stefano Manuscript

Michael Baccich and Stjepan Skurla, 1876
Angelina Baccich, 1920
Edited, with analysis
Josko Petkovic, 2007

Part 1 - Introduction & Manuscript

Part 2 - Abstracts, Chapters 1-12 & Map

Part 3 - Indigenous Languages in the Stefano Manuscript

Exmouth Map

Featured Library Books


(The original painting by Ivankovic – Church of Our Lady of Mercy Museum, Dubrovnik)

The Rescue Scene with the Cutter Jessie

Maritime Museum: Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle

Objects recovered from the Stefano wreck: corroded bell, plate and starboard lamp.

Document displayed with the objects salvaged from the Stefano ship wreck


Shipwreck Database Western Australian Museum

The Rescue

For the next three months the two castaways were nursed to health by two North West tribes who led them, in time, to the tip of the North West Cape where they were discovered and picked up, on 18 April 1876, by Captain Charles Tuckey of Mandurah in his pearling cutter Jessie.

Types of Early Sailing Vessels

Linking Photographs

Location: Mildura Wreck Road, Exmouth. The skeleton of the SS Mildura (1907 destroyed in cyclone) can be viewed from the beach at Lighthouse Bay.

Pearling town Cossack was first established in 1863 and known as Tien Tsin Harbour, although its name was changed in 1872, after a visit by Governor Weld who was travelling on the HMS Cossack.

Cape Range National Park Shipwreck Mildura exmouth Wreck of SS Mildura 1907 due to cyclone.

The two survivors were rescued by the local tribe, the Jinigudera, who nursed them back to health over a number of months before they were rescued off Bundegi Beach. After being taken to Fremantle the two raised funds to take gifts back to their rescuers.

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