Selkirk Drive, DA8

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One of a small cluster of roads referencing the novel Robinson Crusoe, first published on April 25, 1719, by Daniel Defoe. The story is thought to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called Más a Tierra, now part of Chile, which was renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966. Selkirk landed at Erith after being rescued. Other nearby roads connected with the Defoe adventure are Crusoe Road and Friday Road.

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