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The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804

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Could we have been living on Gulf Josephine?
Maritime Museum, Baudin, Flinders, France, Port Adelaide
Baudin at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide
The tense encounter between Mathew Flinders Investigator and Baudin's Geographe at Victor Harbour in South Australia would have mystified the onlooking Indigenous inhabitants. Even more mystifying were the place they had in global geopolitics at the time. Sadly both explorers died in the French Islands of the South Indian Ocean, and never enjoyed the rewards of their success. We know so little about this important part of our history.

If Napoleon had been victorious at Waterloo, then we may well speak French in South Australia, let alone all of Australia.

Did you know that the French published the first Map of Australia in 1811? Perhaps this explains why we have so many French place names in South Australia.
Maritime Museum, Baudin, Flinders, France. Port Adelaide
First Map of Australia was published in France.

This map reveals that the Gulf St Vincent was to be called Gulf Josephine and the Spencer Gulf, Gulf Bonaparte?

How did I learn of these interesting and important details?

By heading down to Lipson St Port Adelaide and the intriguing Art of Science: Baudin 1800-1804 Exhibition at the Maritime Museum until December 11, 2016.

Maritime Museum, Baudin, Flinders, France, Kangaroos
200 year old pictures of Kangaroos
The displayed original sketches and paintings by voyage artists Charles- Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit. Complementing the artworks are several key artefacts including Baudin's chronometer, the copper plate used to print the first full map of Australia and the fair copy of Baudin's sea log. It will be the first time that Baudin's log has been on public display anywhere in the world.

The paintings and sketches are from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France and in South Australia for the first time.

Great stories accompany the tour, with expert staff on hand, and several audiovisual presentations.

Maritime Museum, Baudin, Flinders, France, Port Adelaide
Kangaroo Island's pygmy Emus were extinct from the 1840's

Most interesting is the explanation of Madame Josephine's love of Australian Flora and Fauna. She had kangaroos hopping around her gardens at Malmaison.

The exhibition continues touring Australian cities for the next 2 years.
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Why? Rare Exhibition
When: Until 11 December 2016
Phone: 82076255
Where: Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson Street Port Adelaide SA
Cost: $12 Adults $8 Concession Child $6
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