Story: European discovery of New Zealand

The Astrolabe in French Pass

The Astrolabe in French Pass

The last of the French explorers who contributed to the growing body of knowledge about New Zealand was J. S. C. Dumont d’Urville. He made the dramatic navigation in January 1827 of his ship the Astrolabe through French Pass. This painting is by the artist Louis Auguste de Sainson, who accompanied Dumont d’Urville.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-052-004
Hand-coloured lithograph by Alfred-leon Lemercier

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - French explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016