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The French Invasion of New South Wales 1802

The Nicolas Baudin expedition of 1800-1804 is best remembered in South Australia for the meeting which took place between Baudin and Captain Matthew Flinders in Encounter Bay. However,  the draft of a confidential report to Napoleon written by Francois Peron, the chief zoologist of the expedition,  has lain in the archives of the Natural History Museum of Le Havre for two hundred years and more. Recently the report has been translated in its entirety by two members of the staff of the University of Adelaide and details of the plans have been made public. Professor Jean Fornasiero, head of the School of Humanities, and Associate Professor John West-Sooby, head of the Discipline of French Studies spoke to Ewart Shaw about the dastardly plot.

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