The French Explorers and Sydney 1788-1831

Dyer, Colin The French Explorers and Sydney 1788-1831. St Lucia QLD: University of Queensland Press, 2009.

Author Dyer, Colin
Title The French Explorers and Sydney 1788-1831
Place of Publication St Lucia QLD
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Research book (original research)
ISBN 978-0-7022-3703-4
Start page 1
End page 200
Total number of pages 200
Collection year 2010
Subjects A1
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Abstract/Summary The early years of Sydney were witnessed by seven expeditions of French exploration between 1788 and 1831. These expeditions spent, in total, over a year in the new town of Sydney meeting most of its leading citizens and visiting its expanding environs. The French explorers, including Laperouse, Freycinet and Bougainville, were received and entertained by Sydney's dignitaries, including governors King, Macquarie, Brisbane and Darling and the high-profile Macarthur family. Their revealing accounts present intimate details of the everyday lives at all levels of society, from the governors' parties to 'the sickening spectacle' (as Bougainville saw it) of convicts on the treadmills in Sydney's penitentiary. The book contains previously unpublished translations of European experiences n the early colonial period. The journals and records of these French explorers and scientists offer suprising cultural insights and engaging outsiders' perspectives on the new colony and its residents.
Keyword Sydney
French explorers
Colonial Australia
Q-Index Code A1
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