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14872000Profiles of the western coasts of AustraliaThe profiles of the Australian coasts (above, Leeuwin’s Land and Edel’s Land) show the view from the sea. Regarding the smoke, it was initially thought that the indigenous people were trying to warm their feet. However it was to do with technique of controlled burning that helps the vegetation to regenerate. Profiles of the western coasts of Australia, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Profiles of the western coasts of...The profiles of the Australian coasts (above, Leeuwin’s Land and Edel’s Land) show the view...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16086_det.jpg?itok=uLiGAbbRMuséum du Havre
13392000Four men in front of two bark hutsFour men in front of two bark huts, C.-A. Lesueur and/or N.-M. Petit, 1801 This scene is possibly in Geographe Bay. Four men in front of two bark hutsFour men in front of two bark huts, C.-A. Lesueur and/or N.-M. Petit, 1801 This scene is possibly...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16023_det.jpg?itok=yhqw0VzfMuséum du Havre
7162000Huts at Shark BayThese circular huts are possibly temporary shelter from the wind and inclement weather during hunting. Du 20 juin au 16 août 1801, trois semaines après avoir accosté en Australie, les bateaux commencent à remonter vers Timor. La brume les sépare et ils ne se retrouvent qu’après 3 mois de navigation. Cette côte australienne semble stérile, hérissée de récifs, et s’ouvrant sur un immense désert. L’expédition explore la Baie des Chiens Marins (légèrement au sud du tropique du Capricorne) découverte par Dampier au 17ème siècle, point d’entrée historique vers cette île-continent. Plus au Nord, la Terre de Witt présente des côtes déchiquetées, difficiles d’accostage. On capture cependant 24 kangourous dans cette région. Et de nombreux noms français sont attribués à des îles, caps et golfes. Huts at Shark Bay, western Australia, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Huts at Shark BayThese circular huts are possibly temporary shelter from the wind and inclement weather during...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16033_det.jpg?itok=K_wjOCYwMuséum du Havre
12122000New Holland (Australian) aboriginal men practising with spearsNew Holland (Australian) aboriginal men practising with spears, C.-A. Lesueur and/or N.-M. Petit, 1801New Holland (Australian)...New Holland (Australian) aboriginal men practising with spears, C.-A. Lesueur and/or N.-M. Petit,...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16007_det_0.jpg?itok=7gSDG52mMuséum du Havre
13122000Dance, New Holland (Australia)The foreground shows men beating the rhythm of the dance with clapsticks. Dance, New Holland (Australia), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Dance, New Holland (Australia)The foreground shows men beating the rhythm of the dance with clapsticks. Dance, New Holland...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16008r_det.jpg?itok=tAf8C1tAMuséum du Havre
15602000Dance, New Holland (Australia)The foreground shows men beating the rhythm of the dance with clapsticks. Dance, New Holland (Australia), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Dance, New Holland (Australia)The foreground shows men beating the rhythm of the dance with clapsticks. Dance, New Holland...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/16010_det.jpg?itok=9YX22x7NMuséum du Havre

Arrival in Australia (New Holland)

30 May 1801: Geographe Bay

To make up for the delays experienced on the African coasts, Baudin took the boats around the western coasts of Australia, rather than going via Tasmania as had initially been planned.

The crossing was punctuated by violent storms. The expedition arrived north of Cape Leeuwin on 30 May 1801. A large bay there became known as Geographe Bay, and one of the capes that enclosed it, Cape Naturaliste – names that still exist today. However, it was a desolate coast and difficult to approach.  A few disembarkments were organised to begin the scientific survey, but the inexperience of the young officers was compounded by the difficulties of the terrain. The launch boat from the Géographe became stranded and was abandoned, and some collections were lost. It was here that the first encounters with the aboriginal people, men and women of such a different culture, took place.

‘As for the natives who live in this part of New Holland, we can’t offer our readers detailed information about them, not having communicated much with the inhabitants. Nonetheless, during the short time we’ve been here we’ve become convinced that they’re neither malicious or to be feared.’

(Pierre-Bernard Milius, Lieutenant on the Naturaliste, Journal de voyage, p. 10 Original French transcription by P. Hauguel, authorised by Monsieur Shand Kidd).

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