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Biographical entry Baudin, Nicolas Thomas (1754 - 1803)

Born
19 February 1754
St-Pierre-de-Ré, France
Died
16 September 1803
Mauritius
Occupation
Navigator and Explorer

Summary

Nicolas Thomas Baudin explored the western and southern coasts of Australia between 1800 and 1803 in the ships Le Geographe and Le Naturaliste.

Details

Born St-Pierre-de-Ré, France, 19 February 1754. Died Mauritius, 16 September 1803. Mercantile marine; naval cadet 1774-1786; sub-lieutenant 1786; seconded to the Archduke Francis of Austria; in charge of a scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean 1792; scientific voyage to the West Indies 1796; led expedition to complete the French cartographic survey of the coast of Australia and conduct other scientific investigations 1800-1803.

Events

1976
Taxonomy event - Baudin was honoured with the naming of Eucalyptus baudiniana D.J.Carr & S.G.M.Carr

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1807 - 1824, LBWA/282A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • New South Wales Colonial Secretary's Office - Records, 1799 - c. 1930, ML MSS 681; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Philip Gidley King - Records, October 1802 - January 1808, ML MSS 582; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1800 - 1804, B1261-1281 and A3061-A3069; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1801 - 1803, MS 215 and MS Q499-502; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1800 - 1804, ML MSS 760; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1800 - 1804, Mfm G 2155 -2188; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1798 - 1804; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

State Records of South Australia

  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1800 - 1804, ARG 1/19; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Barker, Victor, Baudin's last breath, A novel by Victor Barker, Snug House Publishing, 2005. Details
  • Baudin, Nicolas, The Journal of Post Captain Nicolas Baudin, Commander-in-Chief of the Corvettes Geographe and Naturaliste, Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide, 1974, 629 pp. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean, Monteath, Peter and West-sooby, John, Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian Voyages of Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, S.A., 2009, 425 pp. Details
  • Plomley, N. J. B., The Baudin Expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines, 1802, Blubber Head Press, Hobart, 1983. Details
  • Starbuck, Nicole, Baudin's scientists in Sydney: Baudin, Napoleon and the exploration of Australia, Pickering & Chatto, London, 2013, 208 pp. Details
  • Toft, Klaus, The Navigators: Flinders vs Baudin: the Race Between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin to Discover the Fabled Passage through the Middle of Australia, Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney, 2002, 354 pp. Details
  • Williams, Glyn, Naturalists at Sea: Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut/London, 2013, 309 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Eccleston, Greg, 'The Baudin Expedition and the Mapping of Bass Strait', in Gerritsen, Rupert, King, Robert and Eliason, Andrew (eds), The Freycinet Map of 1811: Proceedings of the Symposium Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia: Louis de Freycinet (1779 - 1841), Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, Acton (A.C.T.), 2012, pp. 58-73. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean and West-Sooby, John, 'Naming and Shaming: the Baudin Expedition and the Politics of Nomenclature in the Terres Australes', in Scott, Anne M., Hiatt, Alfred, McIlroy, Claire and Wortham, Christopher (eds), European Perceptions of Terra Australis, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, 2012, pp. 165-84. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean and West-Sooby, John, 'Cartography as Narrative: the Maps of the Baudin Expedition', in Gerritsen, Rupert, King, Robert and Eliason, Andrew (eds), The Freycinet Map of 1811: Proceedings of the Symposium Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia: Louis de Freycinet (1779 - 1841), Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, Acton (A.C.T.), 2012, pp. 20-32. Details
  • Hughes, Miranda, 'Tall Tales of True Stories? Baudin, Peron, and the Tasmanians, 1802', in Roy MacLeod and Philip F. Rehbock (eds), Nature in its Greatest Extent: Western Science in the Pacific, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1988, pp. 65-88. Details
  • Hughes, Miranda J., 'Philosophical Travellers at the Ends of the Earth: Baudin, Peron and the Tasmanians', in R. W. Home (ed.), Australian Science in the Making, Cambridge University Press, Sydney, 1988, pp. 23-44. Details
  • Marchant, Leslie R.; Reynolds, J. H., 'Baudin, Nicolas Thomas (1754-1803)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 71-73. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010067b.htm. Details
  • Mayer, Wolf, 'Baudin's Naturalists: the Earliest Survey of the Fauna, Flora and Geology of Australia's Coastal regions, on Land and in the Sea', in Gerritsen, Rupert, King, Robert and Eliason, Andrew (eds), The Freycinet map of 1811: Proceedings of the Symposium Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia: Louis de Freycinet (1779 - 1841), Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, Acton (A.C.T.), 2012, pp. 33-57. Details
  • Sankey, Margaret, 'The Cartography of the Baudin Expedition: Louis de Freycinet's Map of New Holland', in Gerritsen, Rupert, King, Robert and Eliason, Andrew (eds), The Freycinet Map of 1811: Proceedings of the Symposium Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia: Louis de Freycinet (1779 - 1841), Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, Acton (A.C.T.), 2012, pp. 2-19. Details

Edited Books

  • Bonnemains, Jacqueline, Forsyth, Elliott and Smith, Bernard (eds), Baudin in Australian waters: the artwork of the French voyage of discovery to the southern lands 1800-1804, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1988, 347 pp. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean (ed.), Reflections of a philosophical voyager: Nicolas Baudin letter to Philip Gidley King, 24 December 1802, Friends of the State Library of South Australia Inc, Adelaide, 2016, 46 pp. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean, Lawton, Lindl and West-Sooby, John (eds), The art of science: Nicolas Baudin's voyage 1800-1804, Wakefield Press, Mile End, S.A., 2016, 176 pp. Details
  • Horner, F. B. (ed.), The French Reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1987, 461 pp. Details
  • Thomas, Sarah (ed.), The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002, 228 pp. Details

Journals

  • 'The Baudin Expedition 1800-1804: Texts, Contexts and Subtexts', Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 41, no. 2, 2004. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fornasiero, Jean and West-Sooby, John, 'The Narrative Interruptions of Science: The Baudin Expedition to Australia, 1800-1804', Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol. 49, 2013, pp. 457-71. Details
  • Giblin, R.W., 'Flinders, Baudin and Brown at Encounter Bay', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1929, pp. 1-6. Details
  • Harrison, Carol E., 'Projections of the Revolutionary Nation: French Expeditions in the Pacific, 1791-1803', Osiris, vol. 24, 2009, pp. 33-52. Details
  • Kingston, Ralph, 'A Not So Pacific Voyage: the "Floating Laboratory" of Nicholas Baudin', Endeavour, vol. 31, no. 4, 2007, pp. 145-151. Details
  • Lipscombe, T., 'Two Continents or One? The Baudin Expedition's Unacknowledged Achievements on the Coast of Victoria', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 78, 2007, pp. 23-41. Details
  • Marchant, Leslie R., 'The Baudin Scientific Mission of Exploration and the French Contribution to the Maritime Discovery of Australia', Globe, vol. 23, 1985, pp. 11-31. Details
  • Mayer, Wolf, 'The Geological Work of the Baudin Expedition in Australia (1801-1803): the Mineralogists, the Discovery and the Legacy', Earth Sciences History, vol. 28, 2009, pp. 293-324. Details
  • O'Brien, Patty, 'Divine Browns and the Mighty Whiteman: Exotic Primitivism and the Baudin Voyage to Tasmania in 1802', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 63, 1999, pp. 181-183. Details
  • Plomley, N.J.B., 'The Baudin Expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines in 1802', Margin, vol. 22, 1990, pp. 4-12. Details
  • Sankey, Margaret, 'Writing the Voyage of Scientific Exploration: the Logbooks, Journals and Notes of the Baudin Expedition (1800-1804)', Intellectual History Review, vol. 20, 2010, pp. 401-13. Details

Reviews

Online Resources

See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details
  • Milius, Pierre Bernard: Pratt, Kate trans., Pierre Bernard Milius, Last Commander of the Baudin Expedition: the Journal, 1800-1804, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2013, 379 pp. Details
  • Steven, Margaret, First Impressions. The British Discovery of Australia, British Museum (Natural History), London, 1988, 96 pp. References on pages 72 and 73. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Walsh, N.