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Bust of Nicholas Baudin commemorates the Bi-centennial of the Baudin expedition.

The Baudin expedition of 1800 to 1803 was a French expedition to map the coast of Australia. Nicolas Baudin was selected as leader in October 1800. The expedition started with two ships, Géographe, captained by Baudin, and Naturaliste captained by Jacques Hamelin, and was accompanied by nine zoologists and botanists, including Jean Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour.

The expedition reached Australia in May 1801. In April 1802 they encountered the British ship Investigator captained by Matthew Flinders, also engaged in charting the coastline, in Encounter Bay in what is now South Australia. The expedition later stopped at the British colony of Sydney for supplies, where Baudin bought a new ship Casuarina.  From there he sent Naturaliste back to France, carrying all the specimens that the expedition had collected to that point. From Sydney, the remaining ships headed to Tasmania, before continuing north to Timor. On their way home the ships stopped in Mauritius, where Baudin died of tuberculosis.

 

Location

Address:Marine Drive , Middleton Beach near Roadside Lookout at the Boardwalk , Albany, 6330
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.029429
Long: 117.920943
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Monument Designer:Peter Gelenscer
Monument Manufacturer:Kurandy Castings

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th March, 2003
Source: MA
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