Noted scholar and museum curator Myra Stanbury will give a public lecture this Thursday focusing on the travels of French explorers who undertook the first studies of flora and fauna in Terra Australis, in particular Western Australia.
Curator in maritime archaeology at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Dr Stanbury will also discuss how the political turmoil in France impacted these journeys and the fate of the collections they took back.
This lecture is part of the symposium, ‘Perceptions of Terra Australis' which is jointly sponsored by the ARC Network for Early European Research, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, The University of Western Australia's Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Woodside Valley Estate. The symposium will be held at the University Club of WA from June 12 to 13.
For more details of the symposium visit: http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/conf/neer09
Free and open to the public, the lecture is at 6pm on Thursday 11 June, in the Webb Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Geography Building, UWA (Carparks P18 and 19 via Fairway Entrance Number 1).