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05-August-2014
05-August-2014

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Portrait busts commemorate the explorers Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders who had an unexpected meeting at Encounter Bay in 1802. 

The greatest scientific expedition that the world had seen sailed from France in October 1800 with "Le Geographé" under the captaincy of Nicolas Baudin. It coincided with that of Matthew Flinders, who set out from England in Investigator in July, 1801. Both men were charged with the tasks of scientific and geographical exploration. Both were determined to map the Southern continent.  Their voyages overlapped and they met in South Australia and both charted several of the same sections of coast, where many features still bear names bestowed by one or other of the expeditions.

Location

Address:Royal Circus, Robe, 5276
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.162303
Long: 139.753092
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Artist:Patricia Moseley

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque:
Capt. Matthew Flinders, R.N.   Sub Lieutenant Nicolas Baudin
1774 - 1814                              1754 - 1803

                         Sculptor 
                  Patricia Moseley
                      FRSASA

Flinders & Baudin Both Engaged In Scientific And Survey
        Work, Had An Unexpected Meeting
            At Encounter Bay In 1802.
The Islands Visible To The North Are Named Baudin Rocks 
                  Guichen Bay
Was Also Named After The French Admiral De Guichen

Source: MA
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