French exploration voyages to Western Australia

You know the saying, a picture tells a thousand words?

Join Dr Kate with special guest Dr Shino Konishi who discuss the French exploration voyages to the Western Australian coast in the early 1800s and in particular a very special watercolour and ink drawing in the State Library collection.

The history of collecting specimens from Western Australia as well as the encounters between Aboriginal people and the French naval expedition are explored by Dr Konishi who shares her new research into these materials. Dr Konishi is an Historian with the Australian Catholic University and the University of Western Australia.  

This picture is part of the Freycinet Collection – and a treasure of the State Library. This drawing of a shell specimen collected at Shark Bay is one of 18 drawings, maps and charts known as the Freycinet Collection held by the State Library.

You can hear more about the Freycinet Collection below. 

Recorded live on ABC Radio Perth on 25 June 2021.

Dr Kate looks at a collection that is widely acknowledged as one of the State Library's treasures – the Freycinet Collection.
Last updated on 6 October 2021