The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand
From the Earliest Date to the Present Day
By William Howitt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year: 2011
Online Publication Date:August 2011
Original Publication Year:1865
Chapter DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511996863.009
Subjects: Australian History , Historical geography
The story of Captain Bligh and the seizure of the Bounty by his mutinous seamen is known to every one. On both his voyages he had to traverse the north coast of Australia, and in going out in his first voyage, he touched at Adventure Bay, in Tasmania. To make his part in Australian discovery the clearer, it may be as well to state the occasion of his voyages, and the order in which they took place. The representations which Captain Cook had made of the value of the bread-fruit and other fruit trees of the South Sea islands, induced the British government to send out Lieutenant William Bligh in the ship Bounty, to Tahiti, to convey thence a collection of such trees to our West India islands. Bligh, who had already visited those islands with Captain Cook, sailed from Spithead on the 23rd of December, 1787, and reached his destination on the 26th of October, 1788. Thus a voyage which may now be made in a couple of months, then required ten.
On his way out, Bligh put into Van Diemen's Land, where, in Adventure Bay, he planted a number of European fruit trees, as already observed and left an inscription, stating when and by whom this was done. These were seen in a flourishing condition by the French admiral, D'Entrecasteaux, in 1792.
CHAPTER XV - THE TWO EXPEDITIONS OF CAPTAIN CHARLES STURT INTO THE INTERIOR OF AUSTRALIA, FOR TRACING THE COURSES OF THE MACQUARIE AND MURRUMBIDGEE, AND ENDING IN THE DISCOVERY OF THE DARLING AND THE MURRAY IN THE YEARS 1828, 1829, 1830, AND 1831 :
CHAPTER XVII - THE THREE EXPEDITIONS OF MAJOR, AFTERWARDS SIR THOMAS, MITCHELL FOR THE DISCOVERY OF THE RIVER KINDUR, IN EASTERN AUSTRALIA; FOR ASCERTAINING THE JUNCTION OF THE DARLING WITH THE MURRAY, AND FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, NOW VICTORIA :
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