Dr Edward Duyker is an independent historian, and the author of fifteen books. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of French Studies, University of Sydney. In 2000 he was made a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government. His most recent work, Citizen Labillardiere, was the winner of the 2004 New South Wales Premier's General History Prize. In 2004 he was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.Maryse Duyker has worked as a French translator and has published three books. She was born on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius which was once governed by Bruny d'Entrecasteaux. In 1950 she emigrated to Australia, where she married and raised eight children. She has worked as a French translator and contributed to the collection The Discovery of Tasmania (1992) edited by her eldest son Edward.