Historian says Australia not discovered by the Portuguese

Recent theories have led to speculation that Portuguese mariner Cristovao de Mendonca may have reached Australia in the 16th century, but not so, according to historian Michael Pearson.

In an article for the Herald Sun reporter Denis Peters writes:

Dr Pearson, an adjunct professor of cultural heritage management at Canberra University said: "There are certainly possibilities, always, of earlier discovery, but until I actually see some evidence which is convincing, I'll say that's an interesting story but I'm not going to go there."