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Bust of Nicholas Baudin commemorates the bicentennial of the Baudin Expedition.  The Memorial overlooks Geographe Bay, Baudin’s first anchorage, which was named for his ship, the Géographe. The bust was donated by the Terra Australis Committee as part of a project which charted the voyage of Nicholas Baudin along points of his famous journey. Mauritius, Tasmania and now Busselton are just some of the locations which feature the distinctive artworks.

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.



Address:Queen Street, Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre, Busselton, 6280
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.644915
Long: 115.342886
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd October, 2004
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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