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D'Entrecasteaux's expedition

A search party commanded by Rear Admiral Joseph Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux was commissioned by the French government to search for the lost ships of La Perouse. D'Entrecasteaux followed the proposed path of La Perouse through the Pacific islands north west of Australia. Although d'Entrecasteaux failed to find any trace of La Perouse, he and his crew carried out important scientific research and exploration in the Pacific, south western Australia and Tasmania.

An account of the voyage was published in about 1799 by Jacques Labillardiere, botanist on the d'Entrecasteaux expedition. Selected plates appear below.

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