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Book Launch: South Sea Argonaut

Book Launch: South Sea Argonaut
Bookshop event

6 March 2018, 6pm-7.30pm
Conference Room, Level 4


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South Sea Argonaut: James Colnett and the Enlargement of the Pacific 1772-1803 by Granville Allen Mawer

As an adventurous teenager, James Colnett sailed with Cook and later became a pioneer in the Pacific sea otter trade.  But who was this man whose working life was devoted to 'enlarging the bounds of Navigation and Commerce' and who came to see himself as a latter-day Argonaut?

Join Professor Tom Griffiths from the Australian National University, and historian and author Granville Allen Mawer for the launch of this new work examining the life of a remarkable explorer and maritime trader.

Conference Room, free (includes refreshments)

Book signing to follow