The lady vanishes – the intrepid Rose de Freycinet

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Alphonse Pellion, view of Freycinet’s camp at Shark Bay, Western Australia, in Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, Voyage autour du Monde [Voyage around the world], Paris, chez Pillet Ainé, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1824–39
Date
23 April 2018, 2:30pm3:00pm
Cost
Free
LocationDome Galleries, Level 4
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Learn the story of Rose de Freycinet, who accompanied her husband Louis on his circumnavigation of the globe between 1817 and 1820, defying French maritime law.

Though depicted in the original sketches made on the journey by Alphonse Pellion and others, she was later removed from all published accounts, except for a surreptitious cartographic tribute from Louis to his intrepid wife.

About the presenter

Des Cowley is the History of the Book manager at State Library Victoria. He is co-curator of the Library’s permanent exhibition World of the book and co-author of The world of the book, published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Celebrate UNESCO World Book Day with this series of pop-up talks in the World of the book exhibition and other special events. See what else is happening at the Library on World Book Day.

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