Mme Robert Helois
Papers of Mme Robert Helois
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Scope and Contents
The collection includes journals of Ferdinand-Alphonse Hamelin (1796-1864) and Francois Alesnl de St. Allouarn kept on board Le Geographe and Le Naturaliste, papers concerning Nicolas Baudin's voyages (1800-1804), papers of Yves Joseph de Kerguelen - Tremarec and Francois de St Allouran's voyages (1771-1774) and letters of Philip Gidley King and Matthew Flinders' detention on Ile de France (1803-1810).
At the request of Professor Ernest Scott, who was acting on behalf of the Australian Government, in 1912 Mme. Helois transcribed documents relating to Australia which are held at the Archives of the Ministry of Marine in Paris andthe Museum of Natural History in Le Havre. She transcribed the papers, in longhand in French.
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2814045).
Conditions Governing Use
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Mme Robert Helois, National Library of Australia, MS 11, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Madame Robert Helois transcribed documents relating to Australia, held at the Archives of the Ministry of Marine in Paris and the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, in Paris in 1912. She transcribed the papers, in longhandin French, at the request of Professor Ernest Scott who was acting on behalf of the Australian Government.
Journal of Francois de St Allouarn - 'Log of St Allouarn's voyage 1772' (File 1) - Box 1
On page 39 there is an account of the French taking possession of the Western Coast of Australia
'Journal de bord du Commandant [Nicolas] Baudin 1800-04' (File 2-5) - Box 1
Journal of Ensign Victor Couture of the ship Naturaliste (File 6) - Box 1
On page 46 there is a reference to the Vlamingh Plate on Dirk Hartog Island.
Journal of Ensign Etienne Giraud, kept on board the ship Naturaliste during the years 1797 and 1799 (File 7) - Box 2
On page 66 there is a reference to the Vlamingh Plate.
Journal of Captain Jacques F. E. Hamelin of the Naturaliste, 1800-1804 (File 8-12) - Box 2
On page 209 there is a reference to the Vlamingh Plate.
Journal of Ensign Jacques de Saint-Cricq (afterwards Lieutenant) on board the Naturaliste (File 13) - Box 2
On page 63 there is a reference to seeing the Vlamingh Plate and of placing beside it another recording the Naturaliste's expedition.
Journal of Ensign Jacques de Saint-Cricq (afterwards Lieutenant) (ship's journal) (File 14) - Box 2
There is a handwritten note (not by Mme Helois) stating 'Journal on board the Naturaliste not Cricq, probably Gautier'.
Journal of the Naturaliste, De la Baie des Chiens Marines a Timor (File 15) - Box 2
Nautical journal taken on board the Geographe (File 15-18) - Box 2, 3
During the expedition of discovery (commanded by the Captain of the vessel N. Baudin) by Francois Michel Ronsard, Officer of Engineers and Lieutenant of the vessel. [Note: Pages 429-430 missing. This is recorded on a typed page preceding the manuscript.]
Baudin Expedition (File 19) - Box 3
Baudin, Nicolas, Captain. Inventory of charts, plans and papers (Item 1)
Despatch to the Minister of Marine and Colonies, re the voyage (Item 2)
Regarding the ships for the voyage (Item 3)
Baudin, Nicolas, Captain. To the member of the National Institution, regarding the forthcoming expedition (Item 4)
Minister of Marine to Captain Baudin. Instructions (Item 5)
Baudin, Nicolas, Captain. To the Minister of Marine. Correspondence regarding the proposed settlement at Frederick Hendrick Bay [missing] (Item 6)
Baudin to the Minister of Marine. Letters from Port Jackson, NSW, February 1802 [missing] (Item 7)
Correspondence between C.P. Claret Fleurieu and the Minister of Marine regarding the expedition (Item 8)
Report from Musee d'Histoire Naturelle to the Minister of Marine (Item 9)
Request from Musee d'Histoire Naturelle, 1794, support for expedition to the South Seas under Captain Baudin (Item 10)
Report: Lieutenant Pierre Millius (afterwards Captain) to Captain Emmanuel Hamelin of the Naturaliste. Captain Millius commanded the Geographe after the death of Captain Nicolas Baudin at the Ile de France,, 16 September 1803 (Item 11)
French exploration before La Perouse: papers of 1699 and translation of the log of Vlamingh's voyage to Amsterdam Island and New Holland (west coast, Swan River), 1696-1697 (File 20) - Box 3
Report on the West coast of New Holland, by Stanislas Le Villain, member of the Baudin Expedition - Rottnest Island, Geographe Bay, etc. (File 21) - Box 3
Contains an account of the Vlamingh Plate which replaced Dirk Hartog's plate (see p. 58-68).
Voyages of Tremarec Yves Kerguelen and Francois Alesne de St Allouarn (File 22-24) - Box 3
Instructions to Lieutenant T.Y. Kerguelen of the Berryer (Item 1)
Letters from M. Poivre regarding the discoveries of Lieutenant T.Y Kerguelen, 1771 (Item 2)
Account by Rosily of Allouarn's voyage, 1772 (Item 3)
This account records that formal possession was taken of Western Australia (see p.9).
Proposal by Captain T.Y. Kerguelen for a colony in 'France Australie' (Kerguelen's Land), 1772 (Item 4)
Note the use of the word 'Australie' p.5
Papers concerning the preparations for Kerguelen's second voyage, 1773 (Item 5)
References made to Captain Cook's voyage; Instructions for Captain Kerguelen's second voyage (Item 6)
Maillard Dumesse, Superintendent of the Ile de France, regarding the expenses of the explorations (Item 7)
Letter by Captain T.Y. Kerguelen from the Cape of Good Hope, 18 May 1774 (Item 8)
Account of his second voyage.
Letter from Marion du Fresne and T.Y. Kerguelen to the Duc de Croy, 1773 (Item 9)
Letter from Maillard Dumesse regarding the charge against Kerguelen (Item 10)
Instructions for the Naturaliste of Kerguelen's voyage, 1773 (Item 11)
Letter from M. Buffon about Kerguelen's enterprise (Item 11a)
Proceedings of a Court Martial on Lieutenant Kerguelen (Item 12)
Suppression of Captain Kerguelen's book Voyages dans les mer Australes et des Indes fait en 1771, 1772, 1773 et 1774, in one volume (Item 13)
Title on text: 'Relation des deux voyages dans les mers Austreales [sic] et des Indes fait en 1771, 1772, 1773 et 1774'.
Apology by Yves Joseph Kerguelen to his fellow citizens (Item 14)
Various papers (File 25-26) - Box 3, 4
Letter by Pierre Faure, geographer on board the Naturaliste, about Port Dalrymple, Isle Waterhouse and coastline, 1801 (Item 1)
Jacques de Saint Cricq and Charles Pierre Boullanger on the course of the vessel to Wilson's Promontory (Item 2)
Report by Louis Desaulses de Freycinet on part of the coast of Van Diemen's Land, south of the islands of Marie and Schoutan (Item 3)
Botanical report by Leschenault de la Tour, botanist (Item 4)
Report by Pierre Faure on the Bay Frederick Hendricks on the chart of the voyage of M. D'Entrecasteaux (Item 5)
Report by Ensign Charles Moreau on Shark Bay (Item 6)
Description of coast of Van Diemen's Land, by Charles Pierre Boullanger and Jean Marie Mauouard (Item 7)
Louis Desaules de Freycinet to Captain Hamelin on Bass Strait, Port Dalrymple, etc. (Item 8)
Report by Ensign Desire Breton on the search for water for the ships in the vicinity of Port Raffles (Item 9)
Report by Ensign Francois Heirisson on the Swan River (Item 10)
Observations on mineralogy and geology made at the Swan River by Charles Railly, mineralogist (Item 11)
Report by Francois Collas, chemist, on the Swan River (Item 12)
Report by Louis D. de Freycinet on Dirk Hartog's Island (Item 13)
Report by Pierre Francis Faure and Francois Heirisson on Dirk Hartog's Island (Item 14)
Report by Francois Heirisson on Dirk Hartog's Island (Item 15)
Report by Jacques de Saint Cricq on the rivers (Item 16)
Report by Stanislas Le Villain, zoologist, on the zoology of Rottnest Island and Swan River (Item 17)
Report by Bonnefoi de Montbazin on Poet Leschenault (Item 18)
Report by Charles Pierre Boullanger on the separation of the Casuarina to the north of Kangaroo Island (Item 19)
Report by Ensign Joseph Ransonnet on Port King George (i.e. King George's Sound) (Item 20)
Report by Louis D. de Freycinet on D'Entrecasteaux canal, Swan Port (Item 21)
Report by Joseph Ransonnet on the west and north-west of Kangaroo Island (Item 22)
Report by Bonnefoi de Montbazin on the coast south west of New Holland to the north of the archipelago of the islands of St Pierre and St Francois (Item 23)
Report by Professor Jussieu on the natural history collections brought by the expedition (Item 24)
Letter by Captain Nicolas Baudin to Professor Jussieu, Director of the Museum, Paris, from the Ile de France (Item 25)
Letter from Louis D. de Freycinet re Dirk Hartog's Island and the plaque found there (Item 26)
Letter from Captain Nicolas Baudin to the Minister of Marine and the Colonies, from the Ile de France, dated, August 1803 (Item 27)
Report and tables by Charles Pierre Boullanger to Captain Baudin (Item 28)
Report by Louis D. de Freycinet to Captain Baudin on the expedition to the Hunter Islands (Item 29)
Report by Louis D. de Freycinet to Captain Baudin on the D'Entrecasteaux Strait (Item 30)
Report by Ensign Jean Marie Maurouard on the expedition made along the coast of Van Diemen's Land by D.L. Boullanger and J.M. Maurouard (Item 31)
Report by Ensign Joseph Ransonnet of the expedition of the large canoe commanded by Ransonnet, which left 19 May and retuned 20 May, to the islands of St Pierre and St Francois (Item 32)
Report by Ensign Jacques de Saint Cricq on the expedition to the L'Ile de Dore and Shark Bay (Item 33)
De Caen's Papers (File 27-29) - Box 4
Anonymous report of the settlement at Port Jackson (Item 1)
Peron's report on New South Wales (Item 2)
Letter from Nicolas Baudin to G. Blaxcell [missing 24.2.83] (Item 3)
Appointment of Captain Flinders to command H.M. Sloop Investigator Governor Philip Gidley King to John Sullivan, 9 May 1803 (Item 4)
Despatch on progress and wants of the Colony. Published in Historical Records of Australia, Volume 4, p. 244 et seq.
Governor Philip Gidley King to Lord Hobart, 9 May 1803 (Item 6)
Regarding the Commissariat department. Published v.4, p.221 et seq.
Governor King to Lord Hobart (Item 7)
Marine letter No. 3 - arrivals and departures of ships. Published v.4 p. 355 et seq
Governor King to Lord Hobart, 7 August 1803 (Item 8)
Letter No. 3 General. Published v.4 p. 307 et seq
Governor King to Lord Hobart, 7 August 1803 (Item 9)
[Separate A. with General Letter No. 3]. Published Vol. 4 p. 346 et seq
Governor King to Lord Hobart, 7 August 1803 (Item 10)
On the judicature of the Colony. Published Vol. 4 p. 350 et seq
Governor King to Secretary Sullivan, 7 August 1803 (Item 11)
General letter concerning the establishment of the settlement at Van Diemens Land. Published Vol. 4 p.366 et seq
Governor King to Lord Hobart, 7 August 1803 (Item 12)
Enclosing Naval Officers' returns. These are not published, or are they attached to the manuscript. Attached are the returns of employment in NSW, 7 August 1803. Covering letter published Vol, 4 p.346
Extract from the Sydney Gazette, 14 July 1805 (Item 13)
Extract of the journal of Captain Flinders, commander of the schooner Cumberland arrived in the port N.O. of the Ile de France, 25 March 1803 (Item 14)
Letter from Major Dunienville to Charles De Caen (Item 15)
Regarding the seizure of the Cumberland and Captain Flinders
Letter from Major Dunienville to Charles De Caen (Item 16)
Regarding the silence of Captain Flinders.
Lieutenant of the vessel Ruault to Charles De Caen (Item 17)
Regarding the seizure of Captain Flinders and the Cumberland.
Captain Flinders certifies that his papers are connected with his voyage (Item 18)
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 22 December 1803 (Item 19)
Requesting leave to go back to his ship.
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 23 December 1803 (Item 20)
Regarding his detention at the Ile de France
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 25 December 1803 (Item 21)
Begs leave to write to the Admiralty and for the visit of a surgeon
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 27 December 1803 (Item 22)
Why no answer to his letters?
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 28 December 1803 (Item 23)
Requesting an answer to past correspondence; list of papers taken from him
Regarding the detention of himself and his papers. (Item 24)
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 5 January 1804 (Item 25)
Reply and requesting the necessary books for the construction of his charts.
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 12 February 1804 (Item 26)
Requesting his departure, that of his men and his papers, or that he may be sent to France.
Captain Flinders to Charles De Caen, 27 February 1804 (Item 27)
Requesting his charts.
Flinders to De Caen, 2 June 1804 (Item 28)
Resents the order to deliver up his sword and other arms.
Flinders to De Caen (Item 29)
Regarding his detention at the Ile de France.
Flinders to De Caen (Item 30)
Regarding his request to the captain of the ship Hunter for a passage.
Flinders to Governor King, 8 August 1804 (Item 31)
See note on letter Flinders to De Caen, 15 December 1803 regarding his detention at the Ile de France.
Flinders to De Caen, 22 December 1804 (Item 32)
Referring him to and comparing the treatment which Captain Baudin received at Port Jackson and that which he was receiving.
Letter from I. Lumsden to C. De Caen, 4 April 1805 (Item 33)
Regarding the release of Captain Flinders; also letter from Lumsden to Captain Flinders regarding his release and extract of letter to C. De Caen as enclosure
Letter Philip Gidley King to C. De Caen, 5 June 1805 (Item 34)
Regarding treatment of Captain Flinders as a spy at Mauritius. Published in Historical records of Australia, Vol. 5 p. 437
Letter from Sir Edward Pellew to Captain Flinders, 15
January 1806 (Item 35)
Letter from Pellew to De Caen, 24 January 1806 (Item 36)
Regarding prisoners of war taken in the brig La Felicite.
Letter from Pellew to De Caen, 24 January 1806 (Item 37)
Regarding prisoners of war.
Letter from Flinders to De Caen, 9 March 1806 (Item 38)
Regarding his detention and the French authorities.
Extract from the Minutes of the Secretary of State, 11 March 1806 (Item 39)
Regarding Flinders' detention at the Ile de France.
Letter from Minister of Marine to De Caen, 21 March 1806 (Item 40)
Regarding the release of Captain Flinders.
Translation of a letter by Pellew to Captain Flinders, 18 June 1806 (Item 41)
Regarding Flinders' return to Europe.
Letter from Flinders to W. Beckmann, 15 April 1807 (Item 42)
Regarding his release from the Ile de France.
Letter from Pellew to De Caen, 19 June 1807 (Item 43)
Regarding the loss of two ships and the detention of Captain Flinders at the Ile de France.
Letter from Pellew to De Caen (Item 44)
Regarding the liberation of Flinders and requesting his embarkation.
Letter from De Caen to Admiral Pellew (Item 45)
Acknowledging despatches and those for Captain Flinders.
Letter from Flinders to De Caen (Item 46)
Regarding the reception of the news of his release.
Flinders to De Caen, enclosing receipts for books and papers (Item 47)
Extract of the memorial of the military life of Lieutenant General De Caen (Item 48)
Military Department to De Caen, 3 December 1811 (Item 49)
Asking for particular regarding Captain Flinders' journal.
Letter from Duc de Feltre, Minister of War, to General De Caen, 18 June 1813 (Item 50)
Regarding his several letters relating to his services at the Ile de France.
Letter from Duc de Decrès to C. De Caen, 15 June 1815 (Item 51)
Again asking for the return of the last volumes of Captain Flinders' journal.
'The Journal of Captain Matthew Flinders to be returned to the Minister - Director of the Colonies, 5 March 1825' (File 30) - Box 4
Papers listed and checked by Professor Ernest Scott: 'List of papers copied from collection in Archives Nationales, relating to Baudin expedition to Australia' (File 31-32) - Box 4
Baudin's letter to Minister of Marine, explaining his project (Item 1)
Baudin's letter to Institute of France explaining objects of French government (Item 2)
Estimates of cost of expedition (Item 4)
Decree of the Government (Item 5)
Memoirs of instructions (Item 6)
Letter of Minister to Baudin (Item 7)
Letter of Baudin to Minister from Sydney (Item 8)
Letter from Baudin from King Island (Item 9)
Letter from Baudin summarising expenses (Item 10)
Statement of expenses (Item 11)
Translation of letter to captain of the French schooner (Item 12)
Letter of Baudin from Timor, (1801) (Item 13)
Letter of Baudin from Timor, (1802) (Item 14)
List of papers relating to the expedition (Item 15)
List of scientific papers and drawings (Item 16)
Letter from Comte de Fleurieu on Baudin's reports (Item 17)
Letter from Peron to the Minister of Marine (Item 18)
Letter from Freycinet to Minister (Item 19-20)
Various papers (File 33-35) - Box 4
Memo on the discovery of Terres Australis by Saint-Marie in, 1699 (Item 1)
Memo re discovery above, differing only in details (Item 2)
Two letters setting forth proposals for the discovery of Terres Australis by Voutron and Renan, 1699 (Item 3)
Memo by Bouvet on a projected voyage to Terres Australis, 1735 Addressed to the Companie des Indes (Item 4)
Additions to above memo re discovery of Terres Australis (Item 5)
Memo by Bouvet, 1737 (3rd) (Item 6)
Memo by Bouvet, 2 August 1737 (Item 7)
Form by Bouvet for taking possession (Item 8)
Memo on the proposed voyage setting out the force and equipment needed; apparently by Bouvet (Item 9)
Letter from Bernard de la Harpe about the proposed expedition under Bouvet, 1738 (Item 10)
Instructions given by the Companie des Indes to Bouvet for his voyage with the frigates L'Aigle and La Marie (Item 11)
Details of armament and manning, and list of goods (Item 12)
Extracts from the log of Bouvet's voyage of , 1738-39 (Item 13)
Log of L'Aigle, by M. Hay, 1738 (Item 14)
Memo by Bernard de la Harpe on the discovery of Terres Australis (Item 15)
Letter from Bouvet proposing another voyage to Terres Australis, 1767 (Item 16)
Notes on the navigation of the Straits of Magellan (Bougainville's voyage of 1765-1766) (Item 17)
Bougainville's proposals for a voyage to the Southern Seas, 1763 (Item 18)
Memo by M. Drumond on the Falklands, 1764 (Item 19)
Letter from Bougainville on British designs on South America, dated from Falkland Islands, 1750? (Item 20)
Extracts from Bougainville's journal (1764-65) re the French at the Falkland Islands (Item 21)
Bougainville's voyage: Official Instructions, 1766 (Item 22)
Introductory note to Journal of Bougainville's voyage by M. Vives (Item 23)
Letter written on board the Geographe at Port Jackson by Baudin, to the Minister of the Sea and the Colonies, November 1802 (File 36) - Box 4
Plus some photographic copies, unidentified
Letters, journals and other papers relating to Baudin's expeditions (File 37) - Box 4