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He immediately assumed that it was a vindictive response to their resounding defeat at the hands of Maurouard. His penchant for melodrama, which became more pronounced over the course of his journey, revealed itself in his retelling of this incident. After meeting a group of Tasmanians Petit drew portraits of the men as they sat in repose smiling and talking.

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Despite their relaxed demeanour Petit was soon to realise that they were not merely passive anthropological subjects; when Petit had finished the portraits, one of his subjects suddenly grabbed hold of the drawing. The increased support induced the man to surrender his claim to his portrait, though not his indignation. Despite French attempts to placate the Tasmanians with another round of gifts, they were sent running back to their ships with a volley of rocks. Two attacks were evidently enough for him to reject the claim that the Tasmanians were noble savages.

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It was the women who allowed the Frenchmen to draw near, the women who instructed them to sit, and the women who made them disarm. The realisation that there were more intruders waiting just off the shore ignited their fears, and all but one of the women fled towards the forest. The indomitably courageous Arra-Maida hectored her fleeing sisters and eventually convinced them to escort the party back to their boat. Yet the Tasmanians seemed to have decided that the best way to contend with the French trespassers was to spurn their advances by evading them and giving the Frenchmen an apparently unambiguous sign of their disdain.

On 3 February , only a few weeks after their first meeting, the French returned to Bruny Island. On seeing two women walking down the mountain to the sea, two of the explorers who had yet to encounter the Tasmanian women immediately ran towards them hoping for a closer look. When the women realised they were being pursued they sprinted off, disappearing before the men could catch them. Disappointed, the entire party continued along the coast and eventually spied a huge bonfire that appeared to have been burning since the night before.

Their attentions were frequently rebuffed, and encounters usually ended in violent or aggressive altercations, with the French having to resort to drawing their weapons. It was not because he lost his father at an early age, nor because he was a prisoner of war.

My change of heart was because after years of reading him again and again, I recognised that he had been searching and longing for something that did not exist. He had adopted such a passionate faith in a singular idea that it bordered on religious zeal. He was desperate to find the perfect noble savage, a tabula rasa on which to project his fantasies of an ideal human society. When he finally found it on the temperate shores of Tasmania he did not anticipate that things would play out the way they did. He never expected that his offerings and paternalistic guidance would be rejected, that the noble savages would refuse to do his bidding and be model objects of study, and that they would fail to behave as Rousseau had led him to believe.

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So he reacted with the vindictiveness of a jilted lover. The answer is simply because his quest mirrored my own. As an Indigenous historian I have combed these first contact narratives for any accounts and revelations about pre-contact Aboriginal people in order to understand the heartbreaking experiences and momentous changes that colonisation wrought for indigenous Australians. For I too have idealistic fantasies about Aboriginal society and have attempted to impose this romanticised vision on the historical record. In doing so I have come to realise that I have inadvertently glossed over the complexities and idiosyncrasies of pre-contact Aboriginal society, and ignored the playful and amicable relations that were formed in those first moments of contact.

I have been blind to the power that the Indigenous people had in those early colonial encounters. Dr Frank Horner was that rare individual: a statistician who in retirement abandoned figures for words and published two of the most elegant works of French-Australian history in the late-twentieth century.

At the age of seventy he emerged as the pre-eminent authority in Australia on the great French navigator, Nicolas Baudin. Frank Benson Horner was born in Melbourne on 28 October , into a talented family. His brother Arthur born achieved fame as a syndicated political cartoonist and his brother Jack born achieved prominence as an author and advocate of Aboriginal rights. Frank studied for a Bachelor of Economics during evening classes at the University of Sydney, while employed by the New South Wales Bureau of Statistics which he joined in While at Sydney University he also joined the University Regiment, recounting proudly, years later, how he had floated a gun carriage across the Georges River during an exercise.

It was perhaps a sign that he was destined to get his feet wet. When war broke out he was seconded to the Commonwealth Treasury as an adviser to the Secretary, but was eventually commissioned as a naval officer serving mainly in New Guinea waters. On Australia Day Frank married Patricia Gray, whom he had met at a party in Canberra in and whom he had courted by letter and during his shore leave.

They returned to Australia in early where Frank developed a number of new fields of statistical analysis at the NSW Bureau of Statistics and Economics. Between and he was Secretary of the Vernon Committee of Economic Enquiry, a report he was primarily responsible for writing. Frank was known for his pioneering work in the introduction of social indicators to Australia and for his professional rigour.

On retirement Frank turned his attention to another great love — maritime history. Over a seven-year period, he carried out meticulous and exacting research which resulted in his powerful vindication of Baudin and his expedition. These collections were rounded out by research Frank carried out in France. For these two ground-breaking works Frank was decorated by the French government. Though frail, he was still witty, and quipped that as a chevalier he needed a horse. Frank was a passionate devotee of classical music.

He sang with several choirs, was on the committees of the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and spent much time browsing in Canberra Record Society library. He was also a wonderful wordsmith. The success of the book led to a column of the same name in The Age which ran for eighteen years.

Frank Horner died in Canberra on 20 July , aged His books and published articles remain as testimony to his fine intellect and his painstaking research on an important part of Australian and French history.

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Paris, imprimerie royale, Fremantle, Fremantle Press, A neuf heures, M. A midi, on ne le voyait plus. A la mer, la question du sommeil devient bien autrement grave. Il se sentait donc doublement responsable. Une bonne prise de poissons produit, cependant, des effets inattendus:. Buisson, an XIII []. Horner, pp.

Fornasiero, P. Home ed. Mon voyage aux Terres Australes. Journal personnel du commandant Baudin Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, , pp.

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Martin and B. Unfortunately, endearing accounts are not always accurate or balanced accounts. And I share her delight in the history of Malmaison and the botanical treasury Josephine created there. General Bonaparte may have rescued France from disorder and invading foreign armies, and he may have picked the crown up from the gutter with his sword, but to keep it on his head he was prepared to gamble with the lives of millions of others.

He also invaded, subjugated and plundered his neighbours. Even in discussing the imperial divorce, she never calls a cad a cad! Although Napoleon may have taken to gardening at various times in his life and owned a number of multi-volume natural history titles, I remain unconvinced that he had a very serious interest in the natural sciences. His memoirs do not suggest such a passion. Yes, he surrounded himself with savants, but they tended to be mathematicians and chemists, rather than botanists and zoologists.

Although scholarly titles and other authorities are mentioned in the text, there are no footnotes. It is a pity, however, that she does not give details of the Russian edition she alludes to. In his Bibliography of Australia , John Ferguson listed three English editions and two German language editions one published in Hanover, the other in Vienna.

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Hamilton, however, refers to only one German edition. The name also appears in other parts of Normandy. Louis Ventenat died in Port Louis hospital, Mauritius, in August , before he could produce any published work. This same etymological argument was aired by Thomas Hart in an article in the Victorian Naturalist in January Since Chorizema has a pea flower bearing separate stamens, they argued that its generic name was derived from chorizo I separate and nema filament. Hamilton, however, is entitled to her opinion.

Who used it first would seem to me to be a more important question.

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