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Discoveries in Australia

Discoveries in Australia
With an Account of the Hitherto Unknown Coasts Surveyed during the Voyage of the HMS Beagle, between the Years 1837 and 1843
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108032735

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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, when he began work on this two-volume account of the voyage, which was published in 1846. The 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 1 covers the exploration of north-west Australia, and Volume 2 describes a journey up the Victoria River, and a voyage north to the Indonesian archipelago.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108032735
    • dimensions: 217 x 141 x 67 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Introduction
    2. Plymouth to Bahia
    3. From the Cape to Swan River
    4. From Swan River to Roebuck Bay
    5. From Roebuck Bay to Skeleton Point
    6. Point Cunningham to Fitz-Roy River
    7. The Fitz-Roy River to Port George the Fourth, and return to Swan River
    8. Swan River to Sydney
    9. Bass Strait
    10. Sydney to Port Essington
    11. Port Essington
    12. Leave Port Essington
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. Leave Port Essington
    2. Exploration of the Victoria
    3. Victoria River
    4. Victoria River to Swan River
    5. Sail from Swan River
    6. Sail from Rottee
    7. Land sales
    8. Gulf of Carpentaria
    9. Gulf of Carpentaria
    10. Indian archipelago
    11. Post Essington and the N.W. Coast
    12. Reported harbour
    13. Exploration of interior
    14. Australia to England

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    John Lort Stokes

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