Ambleside Online Year 9 – Australian History & Geography – Part 2 Substitutions

These are our Australian selections for History & Geography for Ambleside Year 9. I’ll do a separate post which will include selections that are not just about our part of the world.

Term 1: 1688-1730

The Buccaneer Explorer: William Dampier’s voyages ​ edited and with an introduction by Gerald Norris. (328 pages)

 

This is a combination of autobiography and voyages written in the first person, singular, by Dampier himself and with separate comment sections from Norris to give background context.
This summary is from the book jacket:
 
“William Dampier (1652-1715) is the most remarkable seaman that England produced in the century and a half between Drake and Captain Cook. They each circumnavigated the world once; Dampier did so three times. A good seaman, but a bad commander, he spent most of his life as a privateer, buccaneer, or pirate, and his career culminated in the capture of the great treasure galleon sent each year from the New World to Spain. He was also a great writer, author of the first major English travel book, A New Voyage Round the World, and of scientific treatises and descriptions of natural history. 
His expedition to Australia was in many ways disastrous, with his ships being lost; but the book that came out of it, A Voyage to New Holland, is rich in evocative accounts of the peoples and places he had found or visited. He was not afraid to record things he could not explain, for \’better qualified persons who shall come after me\’, and his books were reference works used extensively not only by subsequent voyagers but by modern scientists who continue to cite his observations. This edited account of his voyages gives an admirable picture of this fascinating and unorthodox figure in his own words.”

We’re using the above book for History, Geography and Biography.
If you just wanted to use Dampier’s writings for Geography, a free PDF download of Dampier’s account of his voyage to Australia can be found here.

Some free online books about Dampier:

William Dampier by W. Clark Russell – 192 pages. 7 Chapters – written in 1894

Early Australian Voyages by John Pinkerton which also includes two other explorers, Francis Pelsaurt and Abel Tasman, 192 pages, written in 1893

Early English Voyagers which has a section on Dampier (pages 261 – 458).

Interesting information about William Dampier 

Term 2: 1730-1786

The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks (1743-1820) edited by Paul Brunton – pictured here, is an account of The Endeavour’s voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770.

 

The complete Journals of Joseph Banks, about 460 pgs.are here. Chapters VIII – XIII cover Australia and New Zealand.
This will cover Geography and Natural History/Science as well as History.
Joseph Banks & The Royal Society includes a short biography of Banks on pages 58-90.

The Life of Laperouse by Ernest Scott is available for free here. It is only 64 pages. A French navigator sent by King Louis XVI of France (the one who lost his head) on a scientific expedition of the Pacific, Laperouse (1741 – 1788) disappeared after leaving Botany Bay. A suburb of Sydney is named after him.

Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779)

You can read about Cook’s link to Canada and the Seven Year’s War and further information about his life here.
A definitive biography of James Cook is J.C.Beaglehole’s, The Life of Captain James Cook; 772 pages, very detailed. Beaglehole was a New Zealand historian who died in 1971.
 
Essays written by Beaglehole on Captain Cook might be an option.

 

The Cannibal Islands by R.M. Ballantyne is a story of Cook.

 
Term 3 (1786 – 1815)
 
Matthew Flinders is the Australian choice for History & Geography for this term. Some interesting information about an expedition supported by Napoleon in 1800 in which Nicholas Baudin was dispatched to chart the unknown coast of southern New Holland: National Gallery of Victoria. Matthew Flinders was sent out for the same purpose by Britian.

 

Sir Ernest Scott (1867-1939) an Australian historian wrote The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders.
You can download the free Kindle version; 460 pages.
Another biography of Flinders is by Miriam Estenson that may be worth a look:

‘The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. It is also the story of a man who became one of the great navigators of the nineteenth century, an adventurer who left an indelible mark on a continent and a nation.’

 

Update:
 
Two other book suggestions for Term 3, which I haven’t read yet:
 
 Bligh Master Mariner by Rob Mundle
 
 
“From ship’s boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Bligh than his infamous bad temper. Meet a 24-year-old Master Bligh as he witnesses the demise of his Captain and mentor Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and a 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, in the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand scientific voyage around the world. And all this before he was forty.”
 
 
 Flinders: The Man Who Mapped Australia by Rob Mundle
 
 

 

 

 

A Short History of Australia by Ernest Scott – 346 pages and 30 chapters is a book I’ll use as a spine for this year.
Chapters 1 – 8 (up to “Extension of Settlement”) looks like it would fit the time period. So that’s 98 pages for the whole year.

Edited to add:

I used the book below with my youngest son. Alistair MacLean (1922-1987) is an author all my children have enjoyed from around about the age of 13/14 years. Maclean usually writes thrillers and adventure stories (The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, H.M.S. Ulysses) that tend to be free of explicit themes, so I was very happy to find he’d written this non-fiction title. Well written and a fairly light read compared to the books on Cook I noted above.
 
Captain Cook by Alistair MacLean, 1972. HB, 192 pages; well-illustrated:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The Captain Cook Society has a website with some helpful bits & pieces.

 
 
 
 
 
 

7 thoughts on “Ambleside Online Year 9 – Australian History & Geography – Part 2 Substitutions

  1. I wasn't going to but I've had a look at A Short History of Australia by Ernest Scott and will probably include that. I'll add it to the post above – let me know what you think of it.

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  2. I've found it helpful to google 'archives, Matthew Flinder (or whoever)' there's usually quite a few books available online esp. at the university sites eg Toronto/Cornell – out of print,that is. The book I mentioned to Jeanne has a good contents list that might be helpful or give an idea of some explorers to try.

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