Discoveries in Australia

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2011-09-29
Publisher(s): Cambridge Univ Pr
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John Lort Stokes (1812-85) was a naval officer on board H.M.S. Beagle - the same ship that had carried naturalist Charles Darwin around the world in 1831-6. Stokes served on that expedition and on the following commission, which was a survey of Australia in which the crew was charged with discovering more about the largely unknown land mass. The expedition set off in 1837 and Stokes did not return to England until 1843 - after 18 years of service on the Beagle - when he began work on this two-volume account of the voyage, which was published in 1846. This work provides a detailed narrative of the journey, including interaction with indigenous peoples and observations about the natural world in Australia, making it an important source about the early years of the European colony. Volume 2 sees the expedition explore the Victoria River, and later venture north into the Indonesian archipelago.

Table of Contents

Plymouth to Bahia
From the Cape to Swan River
From Swan River to Roebuck Bay
From Roebuck Bay to Skeleton Point
Point Cunningham to Fitz-Roy River
The Fitz-Roy River to Port George the Fourth, and return to Swan River
Swan River to Sydney
Bass Strait
Sydney to Port Essington
Port Essington
Leave Port Essington
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