Stokes, John Lort, 1811-1885

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Birth 1811-08-01
Death 1885-06-11

Biographical notes:

John Lort Stokes (b. 1811 - d. 1885) was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1837 and sailed to Australia on the Beagle under Commander J.C. and P.P. King. After doing some surveying of the coast sail was set for the north on 5 January 1838. The Adelaide River was discovered in March 1839 and the Victoria later in the same year. Later further work was done on the coast of northern and north-western Australia, and in 1842 on the southern coast of Australia, Bass Strait and Tasmania. In May 1843 Stokes left Western Australia for England and arrived on 30 September. An account of his voyages was published in two large volumes in 1846, Discoveries in Australia; with an Account of the Coasts and Rivers Explored and Surveyed During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.

From the description of Maps. 1839-1843. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 224565392

Epithet: Captain; RN

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000444.0x00033e

Epithet: Admiral

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000444.0x00033d

John Lort Stokes was an explorer and hydrographer. (For biographical details see Australian Dictionary of Biography Vol. 2: 1788-1850, 1-2 p.488-9).

From the description of Draft diary [manuscript]. [184-]. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225841104


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  • Maps--19th century
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  • Port Adelaide (S. Aust.) (as recorded)
  • Carpentaria, Gulf of (N.T. and Qld.) (as recorded)
  • Geelong (Vic.) (as recorded)
  • Western Australia (as recorded)
  • Australia--South Australia (as recorded)
  • Queensland, North (as recorded)
  • Bass Strait (Vic. and Tas.) (as recorded)
  • Western Australia (as recorded)
  • Holdfast Bay (S. Aust.) (as recorded)