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A letter from Jean Baptiste Mongez to the Baron de Servieres reported an apparent sighting of the La Perouse expedition at Manila. Confusingly, one of the naturalists in La Perouse's crew was called Jean-Andre Mongez. It is not clear whether these men were related.

Collection of letters and documents of La Perouse and others who accompanied him on his expedition to the South Seas with the ships La Boussole and L'Astrolabe, 1822-1829
1822-1829
Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse
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Collection of letters and documents of La Perouse and others who accompanied him on his expedition to the South Seas with the ships La Boussole and L'Astrolabe, 1822-1829
1822-1829
Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse
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Collection of letters and documents of La Perouse and others who accompanied him on his expedition to the South Seas with the ships La Boussole and L'Astrolabe, 1822-1829
1822-1829
Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse
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Collection of letters and documents of La Perouse and others who accompanied him on his expedition to the South Seas with the ships La Boussole and L'Astrolabe, 1822-1829
1822-1829
Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse
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When nothing further was heard from La Perouse after the expedition had left Botany Bay, the French government issued orders to overseas ambassadors and officials to find the missing frigates. 

The following decrees were issued from Paris by the National Assembly and enacted by King Louis XVI in 1791. The first, which came into force on February 25, commands all overseas French consuls and ambassadors to use their contacts to seek information about the missing ships. The National Assembly even offers a reward for any information leading to news about La Perouse.

The second decree was enacted on May 4. It states that the maps and information reported by the La Perouse expedition will be published at the government's expense. Any profits will be returned to La Perouse's wife as a token of the nation's gratitude to the esteemed explorer.

Loi relative à la découverte des deux frégates françoises la Boussole & l'Astrolabe, commandées par M. de la Pérouse : donnée à Paris, le 25 février 1791.

Laws, statutes, etc., 1774-1792 (Louis XVI) Loi relative à la découverte des deux frégates françoises la Boussole & l'Astrolabe, commandées par M. de la Pérouse : donnée à Paris, le 25 février 1791.
1791
Louis King of France XVI, 1754-1793.
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Laws, statutes, etc., 1774-1792 (Louis XVI) Loi relative à la découverte des deux frégates françoises la Boussole & l'Astrolabe, commandées par M. de la Pérouse : donnée à Paris, le 25 février 1791.
1791
Louis King of France XVI, 1754-1793.
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Laws, statutes, etc., 1774-1792 (Louis XVI) Loi relative à la découverte des deux frégates françoises la Boussole & l'Astrolabe, commandées par M. de la Pérouse : donnée à Paris, le 25 février 1791.
1791
Louis King of France XVI, 1754-1793.
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Laws, statutes, etc., 1774-1792 (Louis XVI) Loi relative à la découverte des deux frégates françoises la Boussole & l'Astrolabe, commandées par M. de la Pérouse : donnée à Paris, le 25 février 1791.
1791
Louis King of France XVI, 1754-1793.
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Loi relative a M. de la Peyrouse : et a l'impression des cartes, lui envoyees, donnee a Paris, le 4 Mai, 1791.

Loi relative a M. de la Peyrouse : et a l'impression des cartes, lui envoyees, donnee a Paris, le 4 Mai, 1791.
1791
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a2319001
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Loi relative a M. de la Peyrouse : et a l'impression des cartes, lui envoyees, donnee a Paris, le 4 Mai, 1791.
1791
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D'Entrecasteaux's expedition

A search party commanded by Rear Admiral Joseph Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux was commissioned by the French government to search for the lost ships of La Perouse. D'Entrecasteaux followed the proposed path of La Perouse through the Pacific islands north west of Australia. Although d'Entrecasteaux failed to find any trace of La Perouse, he and his crew carried out important scientific research and exploration in the Pacific, south western Australia and Tasmania.

An account of the voyage was published in about 1799 by Jacques Labillardiere, botanist on the d'Entrecasteaux expedition. Selected plates appear below.

> View the entire published volume via the Library's online catalogue

Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259004
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259007
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
La Billardière, Jacques-Julien Houtou de, 1755-1834.
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Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259012
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259013
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259016
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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a2259026
Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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Atlas pour servir à la relation du voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère. et 2ème. année de la République Française / par le Cen. Labillardière.
1799 or 1800
Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardière
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The French public had already been fascinated by the explorations of La Perouse and his crew, but their complete disappearance added to the romance and intrigue of the story. The sensational tale was popularised both in France and in Britain, by several fictionalised books and plays, which explored the possible fate of the expedition.

An example from the collections of the State Library of NSW is the 1801 book below, The life of La Perouse which was later adapted for the stage.

The broadside at the bottom of the page advertises an 1827 performance of this play called The desolate island.

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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320004
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320005
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320007
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320008
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320063
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The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting hi View collection item detail
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a2320064
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320066
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320067
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Full title: The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting history is founded, the pantomimical drama of Perouse, or, The desolate island, performing, with unbounded applause, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; an accurate description of which, including the songs, &c. is also added.

The life of La Perouse : the celebrated and unfortunate French navigator, including his voyage, shipwreck, & subsequent adventures in a desolate island, on the northern coast of Japan : where he was discovered by Madame La Perouse. On this interesting his View collection item detail
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a2320068
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Full title: Theatre, Huntingdon. The third night of Messrs. Parsloe & Howel's performance. This present Friday evening the 10th, of August 1827, will be performed Colman's favorite comedy, called the Heir at law ... End of Act Second, Mr. E.J. Parsloe, will personate Mother Shipton's cat, in which he will introduce his celebrated scene from the pantomime of Mother Shipton. End of Act the Third, a hornpipe by Mr. Howel. To conclude with the grand Panto-mime of action, (in 2 acts,) called De La Perouse or, The desolate island.

Theatre, Huntingdon. The third night of Messrs. Parsloe & Howel's performance. This present Friday evening the 10th, of August 1827, will be performed Colman's favorite comedy, called the Heir at law ... End of Act Second, Mr. E.J. Parsloe, will personat
1827
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