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Biographical entry d'Urville, Jules Dumont (1790 - 1842)

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 (Titirangi, Auckland: Exisle Publishing, 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 (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 1987), 731 pp. Details
  • Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: explorer & polymath ([Dunedin, New Zealand]: Otago University Press, 2014), 671 pp. Details
  • Hunt, Susan, Terry, Martin and Thomas, Nichollas, Lure of the Southern Seas: the Voyages of Dumont d'Urville, 1826-1840 (Sydney: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 2002), 143 pp. Details
  • Moon, Paul, The Voyagers: Remarkable European Explorations of New Zealand (Auckland (N.Z.): Penguin Books, 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, 29 (2000), 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, 39 (2010), 3-7. Details
  • Starbuck, Nicole, '"Naturally fearful": emotion, race and French-Papuan encounters, 1818 -30', Journal of Pacific History, 51 (4) (2016), 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, 24 (4) (2006), 68-70. Details



  • Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: Explorer & Polymath (2014)
    Dunmore, John, French Australian Review, 57, (2015), 122-4. Details
  • Duyker, Edward, Dumont d'Urville: explorer & polymath (2014)
    Sankey, Margaret, Historical Records of Australian Science, 26 (2), (2015), 206-7. Details

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