The Batavia was a shipwrecked VOC merchantman that occurred off the Western Australian coast in 1629.
The ship was sailing from the Dutch East Indies to the Netherlands when it struck a reef near Beacon Island, about 34 km from the town of Geraldton. Of the nearly 300 people on board, only 68 survived the initial wreck. Of those survivors, around 40 were massacred by mutineers led by Jeronimus Cornelisz, who seized power and attempted to set up a colony on the nearby island of Batavia. The remaining survivors were eventually rescued by a Dutch East India Company vessel sent out to search for them. The Amsterdam harbour is home to an exact replica of this historical ship that is worth a visit.