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'Dumont d'Urville: Explorer and polymath' runner-up in maritime history prize

Thursday 11 February 2016 1:39pm

Dumont D'Urville coverCongratulations to Edward Duyker, whose 2014 book Dumont d'Urville: Explorer and polymath has been named second runner-up in the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize.

The prize is named in honour of the late Professor Frank Broeze (1945–2001) of the University of Western Australia. The 2015 winner is David Stevens for In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy In World War One (Oxford University Press, 2014), and first runner-up is Michael Pembroke for Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy (Hardie Grant, 2014).

Dumont d'Urville: Explorer and polymath traces the life and career of the man who is sometimes called France's Captain Cook. One of the prize judges commented, 'As we have come to expect from Edward Duyker, this is a thoroughly and meticulously prepared history of one of the giants of French voyaging in the era of "scientific discovery" defined by Cook'. Another noted, 'They rarely come much more comprehensive than this in a single volume. This monumental work about the life and times of one of the last great naval explorers introduces new information about Australia and our region and is well referenced and definitely worth re-reading ... The book provides a non-British perspective to exploration and attitudes to Australia and our region as well as insight into revolutionary France.'