Bronze Medal: "Voyage de Découvertes de la corvette l'Astrolabe".

Bronze Medal for the first voyage of the Astrolabe.
Bronze Medal: "Voyage de Découvertes de la corvette l'Astrolabe".

Paris: Depaulis, 1826.

Bronze medal, 50 mm.

Departure medal for the first Dumont D'Urville expedition

Rare original medallion commemorating the departure on 25 April 1826 of the first voyage of the Astrolabe to the South Seas, under the command of Dumont d'Urville.

Rare original medallion commemorating the departure on 25 April 1826 of the first voyage of the Astrolabe to the South Seas, under the command of Dumont d'Urville.

The Astrolabe (Duperrey's old ship the Coquille renamed in honour of La Pérouse) was instructed to explore the principal island groups in the South Pacific, completing the work of the Duperrey voyage, on which the commander had been a naturalist. The expedition sailed via the Cape of Good Hope, through Bass Strait, stopped at Port Phillip, and arrived at Sydney on 1 December 1828. IMportant mapping work was carried out on the coasts of New Zealand, both islands. After calling at Hobart and hearing the news of Dillon;s discoveries of what seemed to be relics of the La Pérouse voyage, they sailed to Vanikoro whener they confirmed that it was the resting-place of the La Pérouse expedition.

The full inscription on the reverse of the medal reads: "S.A.R. Monseigneur Le Dauphin, Amiral de France. M. Le Cte Chabrol de Crouzol, Pair de France, Ministre de la Marine. M. Dumont D'Urville, Captaine de Frégate, comt. l'Expédition".

Marquess of Milford Haven, 'British and Foreign Naval Medals', 190.

Price (AUD): $3,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #3808837

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