30/06/2016 - News

Total supports “The Art of Science – Baudin’s Voyages 1800-1804” exhibition

Many Australians will know landmarks around our coastline where the name has a distinctly French flavour. The origin of many of these names can be traced to a French scientific expedition, led by Captain Nicolas Baudin, that explored the Australian coast from 1800-1804. Travelling on two ships - the Geographe and Naturaliste – the scientists and naturalists on board made detailed maps of the coastline as well as documenting the flora and fauna that they found in a series of beautiful paintings and drawings. They also collected plant and rock samples and took taxidermy specimens back to France.

Now, more than two centuries on, six Australian museums have collaborated with the Museum of Natural History at Le Havre and several other French institutions to bring a collection of over 400 exhibits back to Australia as part of “The Art of Science – Baudin’s Voyages 1800-1804” exhibition. The first Australian museum to show the exhibition is the South Australian Maritime Museum where the exhibition will run from June 30-December 11, before moving on to Hobart, Launceston, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. Several exhibits have not returned to Australia since the initial voyage, and the exhibition is expected to be seen by over half a million museum visitors.

Total is proud to be supporting this exciting cultural collaboration as an Exhibition Partner. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

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    Watercolour and pencil on paper of Petricia vernicina (Velvet sea star) by artist Charles-Alexandre Lesueur