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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 9:34 p.m. PST

"NAPOLEON: REVOLUTION TO EMPIRE, now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, details an expedition sent by Napoleon to Australia in 1800, under artist Nicolas Baudin.

According to the exhibition's senior curator, Ted Gott, it was a voyage of discovery, not of colonisation.

"His ships were called the Geographe and the Naturaliste, not the Invader and the Conqueror," says Ted. "But the question is there: if Napoleon hadn't lost Waterloo, would he have ended up colonising Australia?"…"
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