Lief, the Viking

Dublin Core

Title

Lief, the Viking

Subject

America, Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, Christopher Columbus, Leif Ericson, Leif Eiriksson, Norseman, Perth, ship, WA, The West Australian, Western Australia, Viking

Description

An article on page 6 of the Perth newspaper, The West Australian on August 21, 1908. The article is about Leif (misspelt Lief) Eiriksson and his feat of being the first European to reach (‘discover’) the American continent. It reports that although ‘the practical history of America dates to Columbus’, he was not the first European to reach America. The anonymous author provides an Australian parallel by noting that Australian history may have begun when James Cook reached Botany Bay, but Australia had been discovered by the captain of the Dutch ship Duyfken when it landed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1607. The article is accompanied by a drawing of a Viking warship above the North American continent. Strangely, it is the ‘United States’ is which is labelled despite Canada being the place that Leif reached.

Creator

Anon.

Source

National Library of Australia

Publisher

The West Australian

Date

21 August 1908

Rights

No Copyright

Format

Digital Newspaper Article

Language

English

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Newspaper Article; PDF. The article can be found at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26206757

Citation

“Lief, the Viking ,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed September 17, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/529.