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'Inhabited by a race of formidable giants': French explorers, Aborigines, and the endurance of the fantastic in the Great South Land, 1803

Konishi, Shino


This paper concerns a very small episode in Australian history that few would be aware of: a failed fishing expedition off Shark Bay, Western Australia, in 1803, which culminated in two cross-cultural encounters between French explorers and local Aboriginal men. The few scholars who are familiar with this incident generally explain it away in a brief sentence or two—for instance Colin Dyer simply states that ‘the French experienced the usual hostile reception extended in this region' (113)—and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Humanities Review


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