Pelletier - The Forgotten Castaway of Cape York


This ebook tells the tale of a French cabin boy, Narcisse Pelletier, and his existence with the Uutaalnganu humans of north-east Cape York from 1858 to 1875. although it is all yet forgotten in Australia, and in France is understood purely in its huge outlines, Pelletier's tale opponents that of the well-known William Buckley, either as a story of human survival and as a captivating and obtainable ethnographic record.

Narcisse Pelletier, from the village of Saint-Gilles-sur-Vie, was once fourteen years outdated while the Saint-Paul used to be wrecked close to Rossel Island off New Guinea in 1858. forsaking greater than three hundred chinese language labourers recruited for the Australian goldfields - believed to were as a consequence massacred through the Rossel Islanders - the ship's captain and staff, together with the cabin boy, escaped in a longboat. After a gruelling voyage around the Coral Sea, they landed close to Cape course on Cape York, the place Pelletier stumbled on himself deserted whilst the boat sailed off with no him. He used to be rescued by way of an Aboriginal relatives and remained with them as a member in their extended family until eventually 1875 while he used to be sighted via the team of a pearling lugger. 'Rescued' opposed to his will, Pelletier used to be conveyed to Sydney after which repatriated to France.

The writer, Stephanie Anderson, stumbled on Pelletier's tale unintentionally in an outdated French anthropological magazine. As she all started gaining knowledge of it, her fascination with the tale grew. She stumbled on that Pelletier had left an account of his stories, first released in 1876, that had by no means been translated into English.

Now, for the first actual time, this outstanding tale is offered to learn in English, complemented by way of an ethnographic statement by means of anthropologist Athol Chase and an in-depth creation by way of Anderson. Pelletier: The Forgotten Castaway of Cape York is needed examining for somebody with an curiosity in Australian heritage, anthropology, or the interesting international of pre-colonial Aboriginal lifestyles.

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