Thursday, May 10, 2012


I think everyone interested in Tasmania has heard about him by now. Bruni D'Entrecasteaux was the first European captain to sail  through the channel between what is known now as Bruni Island and the mainland of Tasmania. Leaving France in 1792 Bruni sailed in along the Derwent River, past Bruni Island and and into Port Cygnet, Port Esperance and the Huon River. Napolean and his wife Josephine were particularly interested in Australia and in their home outside Paris, Malmaison they collected many drawrings of aborigines, flora and fauna brought back by the French explorers before and at the time of Napolean's reign.

Hobart was settled in 1804. There is an exhibition winging its way to Melbourne to tell the untold story of the emporer's fascination with the world Down Under.
Napolean: Revolution to Empire which will be on at the the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, from June 2 until October 7. You can see a gallery of images on The Age ipad app.

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