June 19, 2011

SEMINAR- 1811 – Carte Generale de la Nouvelle Holland  at the National Library, Canberra

The Freycinet Map of 1811: 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia

Presented by Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society in association with the Embassy of France

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Freycinet Map. Speakers include Henri de Freycinet, Rupert Gerritsen, Professor Margart Sankey and others.

Sunday 19 June, 11 am – 4 pm, free Bookings essential: online at nla.eventbrite.com or phone 02 6262 1271


Freycinet’s map was published in France in 1811  in the official account of the 1801-04  Baudin voyage to Australia.  Months before the arrival of Flinders,  Baudin commenced  exploring the  west coast of Australia, landing at points previously uncharted by  earlier 17th century Dutch navigators and eventually  arriving at Timor. Meanwhile Flinders had set out from Cape Leeuwin in an easterly direction intent on circumnavigating the continent.  By the time Baudin  made it to the southern coast of Australia, Flinders had already charted a large section of the previously uncharted south-eastern coast. Baudin   charted a 200-mile section of the coast west of Wilson’s Promontory. The two parties crossed paths at Encounter Bay (east of Adelaide) on 8 April 1802.   On his voyage back to England Flinders was captured by the French and imprisoned  on Mauritius  for six and a half years.   Baudin on his return journey to France died in Mauritius of tuberculosis in 1803.  The account of his expedition was published from 1807 onwards by Peron.  After Peron died in 1810  Freycinet took over the task of completing the account. In 1811, Freycinet released the second part of the atlas, which contained this general chart of Australia.  Flinders published his own general Australian map in 1814.   Freycinet’s map identifies the  Southeast coast as “Terre Napoleon”, the Gulf St Vincent as “Golfe Josephine” and Spencer Gulf as “Golfe Bonaparte”.


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