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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorHitchcock, Garrick
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-04T05:00:47Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3344
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/242802
dc.description.abstractThe 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 (Mer). While on Mer he saw weapons and instruments that seemed not of English manufacture. The Murray Islanders informed him that these came from the crew of a vessel wrecked nearby some three decades earlier. No European ship is known to have been lost in Torres Strait in that period. Shaik Jumaul’s account points to the possibility that the La Pérouse expedition ended finally in northern Australia.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2017 The Journal of Pacific History, Inc.
dc.sourceJournal of Pacific History
dc.subjectLa Pérouse
dc.subjectexploration
dc.subjectshipwrecks
dc.subjectFrance
dc.subjectTorres Strait
dc.subjectMurray Island (Mer)
dc.titleManuscript XXXII The Final Fate of the La Perouse Expedition? The 1818 Account of Shaik Jumaul, A Lascar Castaway in Torres Strait
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume52
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB8420
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHitchcock, Garrick, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage217
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage235
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00223344.2017.1335370
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:47:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85028558224
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