Lepetitjournal.com is a French daily newspaper in Melbourne, Victoria and their surroundings. Article of June 8, 2018.

The Institut Nicolas Baudin will present  a forgotten antique map in Australia between November 2018 and January 2019.


Since 2015, the founders of the Institute, Alizée Chasse and Patrick Llewellyn, have been working on the writing of their book « Terra Australe » – Terra Australis, a trilogy that tells the expeditions of Nicolas Baudin and the English Matthew Flinders in Australia to 1800. They also have contributed to the Art of Science exhibition currently in Canberra. While conducting theirs researches with the director of maps and plans of the National Library of France (BNF), they discovered a totally new and forgotten map, fundamental in the history of Australia.

The legacy of explorer Nicolas Baudin.
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Today, about 450 French names punctuate the map of the coast of Australia. On his return from the Baudin expedition, one of the officers, Louis de Freycinet, drew and published in France the very first complete map of the Australian coast in 1811, under Napoleon. A few years later a controversy replaced many names of French places by English names. In 1910, on the occasion of the creation of the Australian federal capital, Canberra, the descendant of one of the expedition’s officers, Alphonse de Fleurieu came to Australia to ask for – and obtain – the restoration of many French names. He drew a map with his own hand, indicating in red the names he claimed. This map was transferred to the BNF archives in 1912 and has never been published since.


For the first time, the Nicolas Baudin Institute will digitize this map to show it as part of a series of free public lectures in Paris, Perth / Fremantle, Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart. This will be the first essential step before an exhibition with the original map in 2019 in Australia. In order to finance this introductory tour, the Institut Nicolas Baudin uses a crowdfunding campaign, hoping that many Australians and French will support this project deeply rooted in the common history of France and Australia. The crowdfunding campaign has just been launched on an Australian platform, Ready Fund Go.