Around the World Alone: Stories of solo circumnavigators


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The first person to sail alone around the world was Joshua Slocum between 1895 and 1898.

Many sailors have followed in his wake – none more famous than our own Jon Sanders, who this year completed his 11th circumnavigation at the age of 81.

In this presentation, Mike Lefroy, former project manager for the Tin Canoe to Australia II Gallery, will tell the story of the Parry Endeavour display and how it was designed to highlight Jon Sanders’ famous triple circumnavigation between 1986 and 1988.

He will also share the story of 17-year-old David Dicks, who set off from Fremantle Harbour in 1996 to follow his hero’s example and sail around the world.


About Mike Lefroy

Mike Lefroy has a passion for history, in particular the history of Western Australia and his hometown of Fremantle.

He has strong family links to the early settlement of the Swan River Colony and the development of the state, particularly through his great great grandfather John Septimus Roe, the first Surveyor General, and his great grandfather Charles Yelverton O’Connor, the Chief Engineer of Fremantle Harbour and the Goldfields Pipeline.

In 1992 he joined the WA Maritime Museum as Head of Education. During the planning and construction of the new Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay, Mike was also the project manager for the Tin Canoe to Australia II Gallery.

Details of his books, junior novels and educational activities can be found on his web site