Encountering Terra Australis traces the parallel lives and voyages of the explorers Flinders and Baudin, as they travelled to Australia and explored the coastline of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Unusually, the book takes its lead from the voyages of Baudin, rather than Flinders, providing a rather different interpretation than those presently circulating. Furthermore the authors have worked using their own totally fresh translation of Baudin's journals, sourcing original accounts including material which has never before been available in English.
Winner of the Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize
Publisher: Wakefield Press
Brendan Moran, The Adelaide Review wrote:
Written by an authoritative trio and beautifully illustrated from original artworks, it could become a definitive work.
Timothy Unwin, Modern and Contemporary France wrote:
An enthralling account of European engagement with the beauties and complexities of Australia ... indispensable to anyone remotely interested in the history of this continent
Suzanne Rickard, Australian Historical Studies wrote:
This book is a remarkable achievement of scholarship.
Edward Duyker wrote:
[The authors] worked as a shipshape team to produce a thoroughly accessible yet authoritative work to engage experts and non-specialists alike.
Martin Ged, Reviews in Australian Studies wrote:
Fornasiero, Monteath and West-Sooby have brought a variety of linguistic and other skills to their cooperative task. This book is handsomely produced with many beautiful illustrations.
Rosemary Lloyd, The Modern Language Review wrote:
It is certainly rare to find a scholarly book that can obviously double as a Christmas present.
A highly readable and intelligent book