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Dumont d'Urville in the Auckland Islands (1st of 2)

Dumont d'Urville in the Auckland Islands

In March 1840 French explorer Dumont d’Urville visited the Auckland Islands during a voyage to Antarctica. In this lithograph based on an artwork by Louis Le Breton, Dumont d’Urville’s ships, the Astrolabe and Zélée, are visible in the background. In the foreground two men work with an astronomical instrument on a tripod. The site is Port Ross. It was one of three scientific expeditions to visit the islands that year – the others were an American expedition led by Charles Wilkes and Sir James Clark Ross’s British expedition. D’Urville had visited and charted New Zealand 13 years earlier.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by Louis Le Breton

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Jock Phillips, 'Subantarctic islands - The Enderby settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2021)

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