Traitors Island

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Traitors Island
Western Australia
Traitors Island is located in Australia
Traitors Island
Traitors Island
Location in Western Australia
Coordinates28°29′01″S 113°47′07″E / 28.48361°S 113.78528°E / -28.48361; 113.78528Coordinates: 28°29′01″S 113°47′07″E / 28.48361°S 113.78528°E / -28.48361; 113.78528
Population0 (2011)[citation needed]
State electorate(s)Geraldton
Federal division(s)O'Connor

Traitors Island is an uninhabited island off the western coast of Australia, near the site of the Batavia shipwreck. About 50 metres long, it is situated near Beacon Island and is part of the Wallabi Group within the Houtman Abrolhos.[1]


The island received its name from those who were left behind by a number of the crew that set sail for Batavia after their ship of the same name ran aground on reef in 1629. Those who remained on the island felt so betrayed by the desertion of those who left for Batavia that they named the land Traitor's Island.[2]


  1. ^ "Traitors Island". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ "Grey Company: The Batavia Story". Webmaster Bill. 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.