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A Chance Encounter


From the collections of the State Library of South Australia : 8 June 2016 to 28 August 2016


Discover how the chance encounter of English and French explorers at the place they aptly named Encounter Bay in 1802 influenced South Australia's culture.
The French party, under Capitaine Nicolas Baudin, had already charted much of the Australian coastline, marking their charts with French names. While only a few of the names remain, the influence of the French on the culture of South Australia is significant - seen in fashion, wine making, cookery and sport.
This exhibition is an opportunity to see items from the State Library collections that are rarely on display. Highlights include the memoir of an English cabin boy who, as a prisoner of war, met Napoleon, a French children's game with a leaping tin kangaroo, French cookery, and natural history.

A French winemaker
A French winemaker
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Actinozoaires Medusaires
Actinozoaires Medusaires
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Edith Aird - Vivandiere
Edith Aird - Vivandiere
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French prisoner of war
French prisoner of war
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Frenchman's Rock
Frenchman's Rock
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Histoire des insectes nuisibles a la vigne
Histoire des insectes nuisibles a la vigne
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Jeu joyeux au kangourou
Jeu joyeux au kangourou
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Kangaroo Island emu
Kangaroo Island emu
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Le livre des Prouffitz chanpestres a ruraulx
Le livre des Prouffitz chanpestres a ruraulx
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Le petit messager des missions
Le petit messager des missions
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Maps from 'Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes'
Maps from 'Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes'
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The French Cook
The French Cook
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The Royal English and Foreign Confectioner
The Royal English and Foreign Confectioner
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Traité des arbres et arbustes qui l'on cultive en France en pleine terre
Traité des arbres et arbustes qui l'on cultive en France en
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View of Port Lincoln in 1802
View of Port Lincoln in 1802
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Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes
Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes
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Wombats
Wombats
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