An account in two volumes of two voyages to the South Seas by Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Jules S-C Dumont d'Urville of the French Navy to Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, 1826-1829 in the corvette Astrolabe and to the Straits of Magellan, Chile, Oceania, South East Asia, Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, and Torres Strait, 1837-1840 in the corvettes Astrolabe and Zélée, Volume 1
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Dumont d'Urville is a great character whose story and achievements deserve to be better known by Australians and New Zealanders in particular. His writing (and Helen Rosenman's introduction) reveals the complex human behind the explorer, scholar and husband/father. But I'm glad he's not my boss.
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