This detailed French chart of the gulfs, first appeared in the Nicolas Baudin's French Voyage of Discovery from 1800-1804 French atlas published in Paris, 1811-12. The gulfs appear on the larger map of the South Coast of Australia, but are detailed here to focus attention on the illustrious names of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine of France, during that period.
Matthew Flinders' maps returned to England in 1810 after he was detained on French Mauritius by its French Governor General Charles Mathieu Isidore Decaen, for 6 years. After the publication of the English Voyage's Account and Atlas belatedly in 1814, the cartography predated Baudin's efforts. The French eventually republished these maps, but not until 1825 and there was no political need for this chart as Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine were vanquished. Matthew Flinders chose Spencer and St. Vincent after Lords of the British Admiralty.
Printed on Archival Quality conservation paper Limited Edition to 350 Giclee prints.
Size same as original chart = 19 x 22cm (7 1/2 x 8 3/4 inch)
Posted by Carola on 3rd Jan 2013
I am saving up for the tallship that sailed these waters! in meantime I will savour this bit of pre-European occupation!I am savingup for the tallship that sailed these waters! in meantime I will savour this bit of pre-European occupation!
Posted by Mark H on 30th Dec 2011
Who would have thought so many French names on the South Australian coast!
Posted by Unknown on 30th Dec 2011
With the two Gulfs eventually being named after some Crusty Lords of the Admiralty (one being Lady Di's ancestor, Spencer) this is a brief relief from what ensued. Josephine was integral to preserving the emus, wallabies and flora that survived from the Baudin Voyage so deserved a gulf at least!