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Flinders believes Peron was over-ruled
Title : Flinders believes Peron was over-ruled Flinders believes Peron was over-ruled
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Creator : Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Source : A voyage to Terra Australis ..., p. 193
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Libraries Board of South Australia
Date of creation : 1966
Format : Book
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Flinders continues his account of the meeting between the French and English expeditions of discovery which met in Encounter Bay on 8 April 1802. He records some of the discussion between the expeditions' officers that occurred in Sydney during their time in that port. At that time the French had freely acknowledged Flinders' prior discoveries on the South Australian coast. However, when the French charts were published in 1811 the entire coastline from Westernport (Victoria) to Fowler Bay was dotted with French names, thereby denying Flinders' discoveries. He believes that Francois Peron who wrote the account of the expedition may have been directed by a higher authority to claim discovery of Terre Napoleon. Flinders considers it was a case of international political rivalry.

Some of the French officers believed that if they had not spent so long in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) making botanical, zoological and ethnographic collections, all of which were and continue to be very important pre-settlement records, that they would have beaten Flinders to his discoveries along the southern coastline of Australia. The French did in 1824 issue a second edition of the account of that expedition and restored Flinders's names to the stretch of coast he first discovered. This was edited by Louis de Freycinet, who served with Baudin, and co-authored the first edition. Justice had been done.
Related names :

Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814

Baudin, Nicolas, 1754-1803

Peron, Francois, 1775-1810

Freycinet, Louis de, 1779-1842

Coverage year : 1802
Place : Encounter Bay
Further reading :
Peron, Francois, Voyage of discovery to the southern lands: second edition, 1824. Book IV, comprising chapters XXII to XXXIV Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2003
Fornasiero, F. J. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2004
Brown, Anthony J. Ill-starred captains: Flinders and Baudin Hindmarsh, S. Aust.: Crawford House Publishing, 2000
Horner, F. B. The French reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803 Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1987
Estensen, Miriam The life of Matthew Flinders Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2002
Ingleton, Geoffrey C. Matthew Flinders, navigator and chartmaker Guildford, Surrey: Genesis Publications in association with Hedley Australia, 1986
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