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23 May 1790
Conde-sur-Noireau, France
12 May 1842


Jules Dumont d'Urville was Captain in charge of an Antarctic expedition (1837-1840) which discovered the Louis Philippe, Joinville and Adélie Lands. He published a number of popular books on his travels.


Hydrographic researches in Aegean and Black Seas 1819-20, went round the world as second in command of the "Coquille" 1822-25, went to Polynesia 1826-29 as captain of the "Astrolabe" to search for La Pérouse, gathering valuable scientific data and finding the relics of La Pérouse's expedition at Vanikoro. Escorted King Charles X and his family, deposed by the July Revolution, to England in 1830. Placed by new king, Louis Philippe, in charge of an Antarctic expedition in 1837-40, which discovered the Louis Philippe, Joinville and Adélie Lands. Promoted to Admiral, accidentally killed in 1842.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Published resources


  • Dunmore, John, From Venus to Antarctica: the life of Dumont d'Urville, Exisle Publishing, Titirangi, Auckland, 2007, 252 pp. Details
  • D'Urville, Jules Dumont, An Account in Two Volumes of Two Voyages to the South Seas by Captain (Later Rear-Admiral) Jules S.C. Dumont D'Urville of the French Navy to Australia, New Zealand, Oceania 1826-1828 in the Corvette Astrolabe and to the Straits of Magellan, Chile, Oceania, South East Asia, Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand and Torres Strait 1837-1840 in the Corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1987, 731 pp. Details
  • Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: explorer & polymath, Otago University Press, [Dunedin, New Zealand], 2014, 671 pp. Details
  • Hunt, Susan, Terry, Martin and Thomas, Nichollas, Lure of the Southern Seas: the Voyages of Dumont d'Urville, 1826-1840, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002, 143 pp. Details
  • Moon, Paul, The Voyagers: Remarkable European Explorations of New Zealand, Penguin Books, Auckland (N.Z.), 2014, 251 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Clark, Paul F.; Crossnier, Alain, 'The Zoology of the Voyage au pole sud et dans l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée exécuté par ordre du roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840 sous le commandement de M. Dumont-d'Urville (1842-1854): Titles, Volumes, Plates, Text, Contents, Proposed Dates, and Anecdotal History of the Publication', Archives of Natural History, vol. 29, 2000, pp. 407-435. Details
  • Mason, Alan, 'The Dumont d'Urville 1854 Account of the Geology of New Zealand', Journal of the Historical Studies Group, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, vol. 39, 2010, pp. 3-7. 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
  • Stein, Glenn, 'Medals and Decorations of the French South Seas and Antarctic Expedition 1937-40', Antarctic: Magazine of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, vol. 24, no. 4, 2006, pp. 68-70. Details


  • Dunmore, John, review of Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: Explorer & Polymath (2014), French Australian Review, vol. 57, 2015, pp. 122-4. Details
  • Sankey, Margaret, review of Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: explorer & polymath (2014), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 26, no. 2, 2015, pp. 206-7. Details

Online Resources

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