DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE - Volume 1
DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE, IN THE YEARS 1837- 38- 39- 40- 41- 42- 43 by COMMAND OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY - Volume 1. Admiral John Lort Stokes (1812 - June 11, 1885) was an officer in the Royal Navy who travelled on the HMS Beagle for almost 18 years. Stokes grew up in Scotchwell near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He joined the Navy on September 20, 1824. The first ship he served on was the HMS Prince Regent, then in October 1825 he joined the crew of the Beagle under Captain Philip Parker King. The Beagle was involved in a survey of the waters of South America, in 1828 the commander of the HMS Beagle, Pringle Stokes (not related to John Lort Stokes) passed away and Robert FitzRoy assumed command, the ship returned to England in 1830 and was recommissioned and from 1831 to 1836 Stokes was onboard with Charles Darwin. Following the second voyage of the Beagle Stokes was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served under Commander John Clements Wickham for a survey of Australasian waters. When Wickham was invalided in 1841, Stokes took charge of the ship. While Stokes was in command the Beagle surveyed Timor and New Zealand, returning to England in 1843. When he returned he wrote Discoveries in Australia, with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of the Beagle, 1837–1843, it was published in 1846. Massive book, illustrated with maps, covers voyage from England to the Swan River, survey of the Kimberley, Port Essington, Bass Strait and visit to Sydney.