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The Mermaid tree : how a tiny unknown ship opened Australia's north and west to development, dreams and disappointment

Author: Robert Tiley; Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Publisher: Sydney : ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English
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A fascinating true tale of maritime exploration, imperial rivalry and the development of Colonial Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century. An in-depth examination of an important part of Australia's history.
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Named Person: Philip Parker King; Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Tiley; Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
ISBN: 0733317014 9780733317019
OCLC Number: 77549328
Description: xx, 297 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: New South Wales, still a backwater --
pt. 1. The first moves --
The French comeback --
The British remotivated --
Freycinet on the Australian west coast --
King's second voyage to the west --
Freycinet in another world --
Mermaid's last voyage --
King's fourth voyage north --
The French comeback --
pt. 2. Commercial Imperatives --
The tussle for the Malay market --
France returns to the world stage --
D'Urville's proposal for a penal colony --
The return of Mermaid --
pt. 3. Colonisation by the Private Sector --
Changes in Europe --
The great north Australian survey --
D'Urville's reappearance, and the British response --
The Lieutenant and the Prince regent --
D'Urville's second voyage, so far --
Realities and fantasies --
D'Urville's disatrous voyage south --
Beagle, Darwin and the nile of the north --
A shade of Grey and Shark bay --
Stanley released, and a chance for Kuper --
Wickham's last trip north --
Beagle's voyage home --
To the enchanted regions of the Arabian nights' --
Stanley's lucky break --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Robert Tiley.

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A fascinating true tale of maritime exploration, imperial rivalry and the development of Colonial Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century. An in-depth examination of an important part of Australia's history.

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