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Biographical entry Péron, François (1775 - 1810)

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

Summary

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

Books

  • 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 http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020288b.htm. 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.