Published accounts

Nicolas Baudin died in 1803 on the homeward journey to France, so publication of the account and charts of the voyage was undertaken by Francois Peron, the expedition's naturalist, who was antagonistic towards the commander. The first publication of Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes and Volume I of Atlas, which included plates, was released in 1807, and the text reflects Peron's personal clash with Baudin - no mention is made of the commander of the expedition. As a result, recognition of Baudin's role in the epic voyage to the southern continent has been largely ignored until more recent times.

After Peron's death in 1810, cartographer Louis de Freycinet continued to edit the voyage's account, and in 1811 he published the second part of Atlas, which featured the charts of the expedition. In 1815 Feycinet's Patie navigation et geographie, which dealt with technical aspects of the surveys, was released. The following year, Volume II of the voyage was published. The second edition of Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes was published in 1824, and in this edition the French authorities recognised Flinders' discoveries on the southern coastline.

In recent years, Baudin's personal journal in contrast to official reports has become available. Christine Cornell's translation of Baudin's journal was published in 1974, and provides the reader with Baudin's own account of the voyage. Another of Baudin's journals describes the first section of the voyage, ending at Timor: Mon voyage aux Terres Australes: journal personnel du commandant Baudin / texte établi par Jacqueline Bonnemains avec la collaboration de Jean-Marc Argentin et Martine Marin, published in 2000.

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Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - frontispiece.

Frontispiece from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: illustration of Baudin's ships the corvettes Le Geographie and Le Naturaliste. Reduced facsimile from Marine records (5JJ 35, page 1) held at the Archives Nationales, Paris.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 340 : 20 - 21 February 1802.

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: the death of Baudin's friend, Rene Mauge, a zoologist with the expedition; on 21 February Mauge is buried on Maria Island.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - pages 365-366 : 22 March 1802.

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Kent Islands; Murray Passage; Judgement Rocks; The Sisters.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 371 : 29 March 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Wilson's Promontory; comments on the English chart.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - pages 377-378 : 6 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Rivoli Bay; Cape Rabelais; Nora Creina Bay.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - pages 378-379 : 7 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Baudin Rocks; Lacepede Bay.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 380 : 9 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Fleurieu Peninsula (the 'high land'); The Pages.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 381 : 11 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Kangaroo Island - named Ile Borda by Baudin, Ile Descres by Louis de Freycinet.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 382 : 12 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Yorke Peninsula; Gulf St. Vincent.


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 383 : 13 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Golfe de la Mauvaise (Gulf St. Vincent).


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 384 : 15 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: northern coast of Kangaroo Island (Ile Borda).


Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 387 - 388 : 19 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Spencer Gulf - named Golfe del la Melomanie by Baudin, Golfe Bonaparte by Penon; bad weather.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 392 : 26 April 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: surveying Eyre Peninsula - west coast; Sleaford Bay on Eyre Peninsula.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 396 : 1 May 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: St. Francis Islands.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 399 : 6 May 1802

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: state of Baudin's crew - "everybody was longing for a rest"; Baudin's resolve to continue.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 459 : 3 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: southern portion of Kangaroo Island (Ile Borda).

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 460 : 4 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Kangaroo Island; circumnavigation of Kangaroo Island completed.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 462 : 6 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Kangaroo Island - exploration, and search for wood and water. Anchorage at Nepean Bay until 1 February 1803.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 464 - 465 : 10 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Baudin's instructions to Louis de Freycinet, aboard the Casuarina.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 467 : 13 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: American River (Port des Pelicans).

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 468 - 469: 19 January 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: the capture of live kangaroos to take aboard.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 472: 1 February 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: waiting for the Casuarina. at Kangaroo Island (Ile Borda). The Casuarina is sighted but the ships do not meet.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 474: 5 February 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: St Peter Islands.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 475 - 476: 7 February 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Murat Bay (Ceduna).

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 476 - 477: 8 February 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Baudin's instructions concerning the treatment of Aboriginals.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 478 : 9 February 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: sighting of smoke from Aborigines' fires.

Baudin, Nicolas. The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin. - page 510 : 21 March 1803

Extract from Nicolas Baudin's The journal of post Captain Nicolas Baudin [translated from the French by Christine Cornell]: Baudin's comment on Francois Peron.

Peron, Francois. Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes. Tome second [vol. 2] - Chapter XV, pages 185-210.

Extract from Peron's publication of Baudin's voyage: Peron's account of Baudin's voyage into Napoleon's Land, 29 March 1802-8 May 1802. - Chapter XV. 'Cote Sud-ouest del la Nouvelle-Hollande'


 

Peron, Francois. Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes. Tome second [vol. 2] - pages 198-201.

Extract from Francois Peron's publication on Baudin's voyage: Peron's account of the meeting between Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders at Encounter Bay on 8 April 2002. - page 201.


 

Peron, Francois. A voyage of discovery to the southern hemisphere [vol. 1] / translated from the French. - Chapter XVI, page 253.

Extract from Peron's publication of Baudin's voyage: Peron's account of Baudin's voyage into Napoleon's Land, 29 March 1802 - 8 May 1802. Page 253 from Chapter XVI. 'Napoleon's Land'.


Girard, Maurice. F. Peron : naturaliste, voyageur aux terres Australes. - frontispiece.

Frontispiece from Maurice Girard's 1857 biography of Francois Peron : portrait of Francois Peron drawn by Charles-Alexandra Lesueur.


 

Girard, Maurice. F. Peron : naturaliste, voyageur aux terres Australes. - pages 23-24.

Extract from Maurice Girard's 1857 biography of Francois Peron: Peron's opinion of Baudin.


Girard, Maurice. F. Peron : naturaliste, voyageur aux terres Australes. - pages 30-31.

Extract from Maurice Girard's biography of Francois Peron: Peron's comments on Matthew Flinders having anticipated the coming of the French expedition.


Girard, Maurice. F. Peron : naturaliste, voyageur aux terres Australes. - pages 34-35.

Extract from Maurice Girard's biography of Francois Peron: Peron's opinion of Baudin.


Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, vol. 64, 1962-1963 - pages 23-37.

Baldwin, B.S. 'French sources for Australian history.'


 

The Quarterly review, August 1810 - page 42-44.

Extract from the The Quarterly review, August 1810, featuring a review of Francois Peron's Voyage aux Terres Australes.


 

The Quarterly review, August 1810 - pages 51-53.

Extract from the The Quarterly review, August 1810, featuring a review of Francois Peron's Voyage aux Terres Australes: the achievements of Matthew Flinders, and the Encounter Bay meeting between Flinders and Nicolas Baudin.


 

The Quarterly review, October 1814 - pages 11-13.

Extract from The Quarterly review, October 1814, featuring a review of Matthew Flinders' journal Voyage to Terra Australis, and his comments on Peron's publication.