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Manuscript XXXII The Final Fate of the La Perouse Expedition? The 1818 Account of Shaik Jumaul, A Lascar Castaway in Torres Strait

Hitchcock, Garrick


The final fate of the La Pérouse expedition is a mystery. In 1788 the frigates L’Astrolabe and La Boussole were wrecked on Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands. According to Vanikoro oral history, the survivors then left, approximately six months later, in a boat which they had built. They were never seen again. This paper reports the rediscovery of an 1818 Indian newspaper article, detailing the rescue in Torres Strait of a lascar named Shaik Jumaul, a castaway for four years on Murray Island...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2017.1335370


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