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Fiji and the Fijians 1835-1856

I. the discoverers of fiji

I. the discoverers of fiji

For the opening chapter on the discoverers of Fiji I have been able to make use of two important original manuscripts in the Mitchell Library. The Huydecoper manuscript of Tasman's voyage is there, and it has been translated by a Dutch scholar, Dr P. K. Roest. Another journal of the same voyage has been edited by J. E. Heeres of the Dutch State Archives and Mr C. H. Coote of the British Museum. A copy is in the Mitchell Library. The fourth volume of the Monumenta Cartographica is now due, and it will contain a reproduction of a map in Vienna of Tasman's voyage which should be carefully compared with the one reproduced by Heeres and Coote. The Mitchell Library also possesses an original "Log of the Proceedings of His Majesty's ship Bounty in a Voyage to the South Seas … under the command of Lieutenant William Bligh." For the other discoverers of Fiji I have used a photostat copy of Cook's Journal of his second voyage; Ida Lee's (Mrs Charles Bruce Marriott) book on Bligh's second voyage in 1792 which, in my voyages among the islands of the archipelago, I have found to be minutely correct; A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798 in the ship "Duff" commanded by Captain James Wilson compiled from Journals of the Officers and Missionaries, and illustrated with Maps, Charts and Views drawn by William Wilson (with a preliminary Discourse and Appendix) published in London in 1799. The Journal of Captain page 318Fabian von Bellinsgauzen's Voyage round the world in the sloops "Vostok" and "Marnye" 1819-21 was published at Petersburg in 1831. No English translation of it has yet been printed, and I do not know of any Russian copy having found its way to Australia. But there is one copy in the British Museum and another in the Royal Geographical Society in London. The Admiralty Library possesses the atlas containing maps, plans and coloured illustrations, but not the text. Dumont D'Urville has published accounts of his two voyages, the first under the title Voyage de Découvertes de la Corvette "l'Astrolabe" exécuté pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, et 1829; the second Voyage au Pole Sud, et dans l'Océanie sur les Corvettes "l'Astrolabe" et Ha Zélée," 1837-40. D'Urville's map of the Fijian group is published in a separate volume under the title Dumont D'Urville's Atlas du Voyage de "l'Astrolabe" et "la Zélée," 1847.