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Biographical entry Péron, François (1775 - 1810)

22 August 1775
Cérilly, Allier, France
14 December 1810
Cérilly, Allier, France
Naturalist and Explorer


François Péron was appointed natural historian and anthropologist to Baudin's expedition to the South Seas 1800-04. His work included hydrographic surveys, regular meteorological observations, the collection of zoological specimens and anthropological tests.

Archival resources

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

  • Thomas Nicolas Baudin - Records, 1800 - 1804, ML MSS 760; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources


  • Duyker, Edward, François Pèron: an Impetuous Life: Naturalist and Voyager, Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2006, 349 pp. Details
  • MacFarlane, C. W. and Triebel, L. A., French Explorers in Tasmania and the South Seas, Australasian Publishing Co., Sydney, 1937. Details
  • Peron, Francois, Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 2003. Details

Book Sections

  • 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., 'Péron, Francois (1775-1810), naturalist, explorer and historian', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 323-324. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Andrews, E.C., 'The Heroic Period of Geological Work in Australia.', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. lxxvi, 1942, pp. 96-128. 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
  • Pfennigwerth, S., '"The Mighty Cassowary": the Discovery and Demise of the King Island Emu', Archives of Natural History, vol. 37, 2010, pp. 74-90. Details
  • Triebel, L.A., 'Peron in Tasmania', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1947, pp. 63-68. Details
  • Turtle, Alison M., 'Peron, Porteus, and the Pacific Islands Regiment: the Beginings of Cross-cultural Psychology in Australia', Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, vol. 27, 1991, pp. 7-20. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.