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Thomas Baines
Author: Jane Carruthers

ISBN: 9781921953002
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1 April 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.2
Description:
Thomas Baines: Exploring Tropical Australia 1855 to 1857 focuses on a little known but fascinating contribution by Baines to Augustus Gregorys North Australian Expedition: the artistexplorers audacious attempt, in an open longboat with two companions, to link up with Gregory at the Albert River at the southern end of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Here, for the first time, the remarkably accurate map that Baines compiled of this voyage and extracts
from his accompanying manuscript journals are evaluated and published. The hardships suffered by these men, their courage in dangerous waters and their encounters with Aboriginal Australians provide detailed insights into the complexities of Australian mid-nineteenth century history.
However, this book also illuminates important general issues related to imperial maritime history, the colonial encounter and colonial art. Illustrated by Bainess accomplished
sketches and paintings inspired by the Expedition, this work arises from a partnership between South African and Australian scholars. Their combined insights substantially augment current scholarship on Thomas Baines as
colonial explorer, naturalist, diarist, cartographer and artist. <...

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