An Officer Of The Blue

An Officer Of The Blue

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French explorer Marion Dufresne was the man who reached Tasmania before the English. His expedition was the first to encounter the Tasmanian Aborigines and was a precursor of the great voyages of La P rouse, d'Entrecasteaux, Baudin and d'Urville. To Australian and New Zealand readers this elegant biography will be, as Frank Horner writes, 'a reminder, or a revelation of the international context in which the English explorations of their homelands took place'. The eighteenth-century conflict between Britain and France is mirrored in Marion Dufresne's life. The parallels with Cook are striking. Like his English contemporary, Marion was a brilliant mariner who proved his skills in merchant shipping before joining his nation's Royal Navy. Like Cook he was involved in scientific efforts to observe the Transit of Venus and sought the Southland in uncharted waters. Finally, he too died tragically at the hands of Polynesians.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Australia
  • 0522866956
  • 9780522866957

About Edward Duyker

Dr Edward Duyker was researching the history of Mauritius, his mother's native island, when he first heard of Marion Dufresne, another former resident. Direct encounter through people and place is a characteristic of his work as a full-time writer of history and biography. In 2000 Dr Duyker was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Acad miques by the French government. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004.show more