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Discoveries in Australia : with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of HMS Beagle, in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43. Volume I

Date: 1846
Dimensions:
Overall: 231 x 148 mm, 1.05 kg
Medium: Ink on paper, gilt, cloth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00005677
Place Manufactured:England

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    This book, titled 'Discoveries in Australia; With an Account of the Coast and Rivers Explored and Surveyed during the voyage of HMS BEAGLE, in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43. By Command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Also a Narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's Visits to the Islands in the Arafura Sea' Volume I, was written by Admiral John Lort Stokes. It was published in 1846 and is dedicated to Stokes' friend and shipmate Captain Robert FitzRoy. The book contains the journals of the explorations and surveys of Australia between 1837 and 1843.
    SignificanceThis book is an official account of the last major expedition to Australia in the famous HMS BEAGLE.
    HistoryJohn Lort Stokes (1812-1885) was an explorer and hydrographer. He is most famous for his work surveying Australia’s inland and coastal areas on HMS BEAGLE between 1837 and 1843. Stokes discovered and named Victoria River and Port Darwin, after his shipmate Charles Darwin.

    After returning to England, Stokes published his accounts and surveys in 1846, titling it Discoveries in Australia; With an Account of the Coast and Rivers Explored and Surveyed during the voyage of HMS BEAGLE, in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43. By Command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Also a Narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's Visits to the Islands in the Arafura Sea'. Following the success of his published works, Stokes’ reputation within the Admiralty rose and he was promoted to the rank of Admiral. He retired in 1877 and spent the rest of his days in Pembrokeshire. Stokes died on 11 June 1885.
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    Publisher: T&W Boone

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