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Biographical entry Freycinet, Louis Henri Desaulses de (1777 - 1840)

31 December 1777
21 March 1840
Naval officer


Louis Henri Desaulses de Freycinet, the older brother of Louis Claude, visited the Pacific with Baudin's expedition 1800-1804 on "Le Geographe" with the rank of 'etat-major du premier'.

Archival resources

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

  • Louis Henri desaulses de Freycinet - Records, 1803 - 1809, FM 4/1740; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources


  • Dyer, Colin, The French Explorers and Sydney, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 2009, 224 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Douglas, Bronwen, 'Expeditions, encounters, and the praxis of seaborne ethnography: the French voyages of La PĂ©rouse and Freycinet', in Thomas, Martin (ed.), Expedition into empire: exploratory journeys and the making of the modern world, Routledge, New York: London, 2015, pp. 109-26. Details

Edited Books

  • 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, 103 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gerritsen, Rupert and Reynders, Peter, 'The Freycinet Map of 1811: the First Full Map of Australia?', The Globe, vol. 72, 2013, pp. 1-10. Details
  • Starbuck, Nicole, '"Naturally fearful": emotion, race and French-Papuan encounters, 1818 -30', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 51, no. 4, 2016, pp. 357-74. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.