Discoveries in Australia: Volume 2

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

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • 1139059203
  • 9781139059206

Table of contents

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; Appendix.show more