First French Contact With Australia – 1687

Ian Edwards 2002

Headlines of History: A Chronicle of Western Australian History

(Perth?, Flying Fish Ventures) p. 9

Visit by French Vessel L’Oiseau 4 August 1687

En route from Cape of Good Hope to Thailand, the French ship L’Oiseau, under the command of Admiral Duquesne-Guitton … sighted the coast of “Terre de la Concorde” (New Holland) near the Swan River … A Good description of the coast near Fremantle was noted in a journal of one of the passengers.

[This information was] recently unearthed through extensive research in French archives by historians Philippe Godard and Charles Bouvier.


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