Professor Regina Ganter, "That Macassan contact predates the arrival of the British on the Australian continent is not disputed..."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "Results indicate this sailing vessel (prau), was painted prior to 1664 AD, and there is a 99.7 per cent probability that the overlying beeswax figure was made between 1517 and 1664 AD ."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "The Macassan trepang or fishery dates back to at least the 1700s, when fishers from the trading port of Makassar and its environs, in the southwestern arm of the island of Sulawesi, made an annual journey to the coasts of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land."
Professor Paul Thomis, "Flinders’ discovery of Indonesian fishing praus off the north coast of Australia in February 1803 was, therefore, significant both from the perspective of the science of his exploration and for the potential commercial implications."
Professor Regina Ganter, "Muslims are now arguably the most widely debated and feared segment of the Australian community but they are also its most long-standing non-indigenous segment. In Australia, we are able to draw on a long and primarily positive contact history between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians that make no sense of the paranoid nationalism... ."
Janak Rogers, "It’s a little known fact that Muslim visitors first arrived in Australia well before the British established a colony in 1788..."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "The team analysed two skeletons excavated by Macknight in the 1960s and confirmed Macknight’s argument that the skeletons were of Southeast Asian origin (Theden-Ringl et al. 2011, p. 41). They also suggest that one of the individuals died before 1730 AD (Theden-Ringl et al. 2011, p. 45)."