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Plaque presented in the bicentenary year commemorates the scientific expeditions of Nicolas Baudin and Louis Freycinet and other expeditions who landed on the shores of Shark Bay. 

Shark Bay was a key destination for European navigators visiting New Holland. William Dampier named the area Sharks Bay in 1699 and a Frenchman, Francois St. Allouarn, laid formal claim to the territory for France in 1772. Later, in 1801, Nicholas Baudin's ship spent fifteen days on Bernier Island collecting many species of wildlife, then mostly unknown to science. This expedition was also the first Euopean contact made with aborigines.
 

Location

Address:Hughes Street, Pioneer Park, Denham, 6537
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.928152
Long: 113.539161
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th July, 1988
Front Inscription
FRENCH NAVIGATORS AND SCIENTISTS
WHO LANDED ON THESE SHORES 

CAPTAIN                      SHIP                     DATE 
SAINT ALLOUARN   GROSVENTRE        30 MARCH   1772
Louis Francoise 
BAUDIN                    GEOGRAPHE           20 JUNE      1801
Nicolas                      & CASUARINA          16 MARCH  1805
HAMELIN                  NATURALISTE         16 JULY       1801
FREYCINET             CASUARINA              16 MARCH 1803
Louis Claude             & URANIE                  12 SEPT    1818


THIS PLAQUE IS OFFERED TO THE SHARK BAY SHIRE TO CELEBRATE THE AUSTRALIAN BICENTENARY IN THE PRESENCE OF FRENCH & AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS COMMEMORATING THE SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS OF Nicolas BAUDIN and Louis FREYCINET 
                           16 JULY 1988 
Source: MA, HWA
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