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1000934A New Holland man (Australia)This man has body scarafications. Their meanings aren’t given in the on-board journals of the expedition. A New Holland man (Australia), N.-M. Petit, 1801-1803A New Holland man (Australia)This man has body scarafications. Their meanings aren’t given in the on-board journals of the...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/20037_det.jpg?itok=BGHew4PrMuséum du Havre
1000771A New Holland (Australia) man referred to as ‘Savage in war dress’This man wears body paint and carries a spear, a throwing weapon and a shield. The term ‘savage’ is used here in the sense of ‘noble savage’, as someone who hasn’t been spoiled by society, and in particular by urban society. Note that this man’s body seems out of proportion. In the drawing the limbs are very fine, no doubt due to the voyagers’ preconceptions before having actually met the people. Previous explorers had described the Aboriginal people as having slender limbs. Rather than being a realistic drawing, it is more like an incorrect interpretation of what they actually saw. A New Holland (Australia) man referred to as ‘Savage in war dress’, N.-M. Petit, 1801-1803A New Holland (Australia) man...This man wears body paint and carries a spear, a throwing weapon and a shield. The term...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/20029-1_det.jpg?itok=yzpr4MVqMuséum du Havre
12792000Kangaroo, Macropus Fuliginosus The sooty kangaroo is one of the group of grey kangaroos. It lives in southern Australia. The Terra Australis expedition brought kangaroos of this species back to Paris. Their skins were sold for fur and leather. Several hundred of them still live on Kangaroo Island in southern Australia. Kangaroo, Macropus Fuliginosus (Demarest, 1817), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1809Kangaroo, Macropus Fuliginosus The sooty kangaroo is one of the group of grey kangaroos. It lives in southern Australia. The Terra...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/80057_det.jpg?itok=p0AqYek1Muséum du Havre
13082000Kangaroo, Macropus rufogriseus Kangaroo, Macropus rufogriseus (Demarest, 1817), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1809Kangaroo, Macropus rufogriseus Kangaroo, Macropus rufogriseus (Demarest, 1817), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1809Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/80063_det.jpg?itok=xi0mirqjMuséum du Havre
12462000Kangaroo, Setonix brachyurus Kangaroo, Setonix brachyurus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1830), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1809Kangaroo, Setonix brachyurus Kangaroo, Setonix brachyurus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1830), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1809Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/80062_det.jpg?itok=HyFz7_BjMuséum du Havre

In Napoleon Land, March-May 1802

The state of health of many of the crew was still a concern. The Géographe entered Bass Strait on the 1st of April and explored the southern coast, a potential location for a future settlement. Places were given names of members of the government and of the French National Institute – Talleyrand Bay, Cape Marengo, Bonaparte Gulf, Josephine Gulf, Lacépède Strait – although these names didn’t last long.

On the 8th and 9th of April, in Rencontre Bay, Baudin crossed paths with the Englishman Flinders, on the Investigator. Flinders was ahead of Baudin in the exploration of the south coast. At age 27, he was leading his third voyage on the coasts of southern Australia. The two captains exchanged some of their cartographic information. Flinders suggested that Baudin make a stopover in Port Jackson for supplies: their provisions had almost run out and the little they had had gone off.

 

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