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Flinders names Encounter Bay
Title : Flinders names Encounter Bay Flinders names Encounter Bay
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Creator : Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Source : A voyage to Terra Australis ..., p. 195
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Libraries Board of South Australia
Date of creation : 1966
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Matthew Flinders names the place of his meeting with Nicolas Baudin and the French expedition Encounter Bay. As he continues along the coast to the south-east he recognises that this coast has been discovered by the French and writes that he will use the names they have already applied to capes and bays etc. What he cannot know is that when Francois Peron and Louis de Freycinet publish their account of the voyage and their charts they will not use the names Captain Baudin assigned to the coast, but their own choices.

Nicolas Baudin died in 1803 on the homeward journey to France, so publication of the account and charts of the voyage was undertaken by Francois Peron, the expedition's naturalist, who was antagonistic towards the commander. The first publication of Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes and Volume I of Atlas, which includes plates, was released in 1807, and the text reflects Peron's personal clash with Baudin - no mention is made of the commander of the expedition. As a result, recognition of Baudin's role in the epic voyage to the southern continent has been largely ignored until more recent times. At the same time Flinders' prior discovery of the west coast and the gulfs was also ignored and French place names assigned. The second edition of Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes was published in 1824, and in this edition the French authorities recognised Flinders' discoveries on the southern coastline

Related names :

Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814

Baudin, Nicolas, 1754-1803

Coverage year : 1802
Period : Pre-1836
Place : Encounter Bay, South Australia
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :

Horner, F. B. The French reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803 Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1987

Cooper, H. M. The unknown coast: being the explorations of Captain Matthew Flinders, along the shores of South Australia 1802 Adelaide: The author, 1953 (Adelaide: Advertiser Printing Office)

Cooper, H. M. The unknown coast: (a supplement) Adelaide: The author, 1955 (Adelaide: E.J. McAlister)

Fornasiero, F. J. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2004

Estensen, Miriam The life of Matthew Flinders Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2002

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Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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