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The memorial celebrates the bicentenary of Nicolas Baudin’s 1801 French expedition to Australia’s West Coast.The memorial overlooks the landing site of the expedition and was the first known European landing in South West Australia. 

In 1801 an expedition under the command of Captain Nicholas Baudin visited Geographe Bay in the corvettes, Geographe and Naturaliste. On May 30th 1801 Depuch’s inlet or creek, was named after Baudin’s geologist who found stratified granite in the area. Many places along the coast are named in honour of Nicholas Baudin’s expedition of scientific discovery of 1801. The corvettes Geographe and Naturaliste anchored off Meelup before sailing of Shark Bay. Bad weather prevented the return of Sub Lieutenant Picquet’s landing party, earning him a reprimand from Captain Baudin. His sympathetic crew named Point Picquet after him, and the commemorative monument along the trail records details of the visit.


Address:Meelup Beach to Eagle Bay Trail, via Point Picquet, Meelup Regional Park , Dunsborough, 6281
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.560799
Long: 115.069993
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:31-May-1801
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1801


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 2nd June, 2001
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                      1801 - 2001

On 31st May 1801, Henri De Freycinet And Men From A 
French Scientific Expedition Hereabouts Landed A Small Boat
From The Ships 'Geographe` & 'Naturaliste' Searching For Water
              It Was The First Known European Landing
                       In South West Australia

                 Unveiled On 2nd June 2001
By His Excellency Lieutenant General John M. Sanderson, AC
                Governor Of Western Australia


Source: MA, HWA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au