Napoleon Series Archive 2004

French names on Australian coastline
In Response To: Re: Joseph Bonaparte Gulf ()

Robert,

Many French names from our period still survive on the Australian coastline, most of them a legacy of the Baudin Expedition. In South Australia alone we have Murat Bay (near Ceduna), Cape Carnot (near Port Lincoln), Rivoli Bay (in the SE of South Australia), and Cape Gantheaume (on Kangaroo Island) - and many more. Although 'Gulf Bonaparte' and 'Gulf Josephine' are now known as Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.

The Baudin expedition and British exploring expedition led by Matthew Flinders met each other unexpectedly in Encounter Bay in April 1802 - Encounter Bay is now a seaside holiday town about sixty miles south of Adelaide. The two expeditions viewed each other with considerable reserve, not knowing for certain whether Britain and France were then at peace or war (although I think both had passports from the other's government). Baudin died before returning to France; and Flinders was held prisoner by the French at Mauritius for many years - despite Napoleon's orders for his release - and died soon after his return to England, so the story does not have an altogether happy ending. But the work of both men is remembered and honoured and there was the usual civic hoopla to celebrate the bicentennial of their meeting, complete with French dignataries &c.

Rory

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