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On Board the Boussole: The Diary of Julienne Fulbert is a book written by Christine Edwards. The book was the ninth book in the My Australian Story series. It was first published in June 2002. It was reissued in July 2012 as Voyage to Botany Bay and July 2018 as Stowaway to Botany Bay.

Book description

"Julienne roams the fortress tunnels of Brest, France, cold, hungry and knowing only one thing about herself-her name. Soon she must abandon even that remnant of her identity. She becomes Jules, ship's boy, journeying to Botany Bay and beyond on a voyage of discovery for the glory of France led by Commander Lapérouse. Jules/Julienne sees new and strange things on board the Boussole, but what she would most like to discover is her own history: who is Julienne Fulbert?"

"I dared not move...I was a bread stealer. A chicken-feather villain. A salted mutton thief. I guiltily recalled the paper, the ink, the leather pouch I had stolen. And even though I had not intended it so...I was a stowaway.
Julienne roams the fortress tunnels of Brest, France, cold, hungry and knowing only one thing about herself—her name. Soon she must abandon even that remnant of her identity. She becomes Jules, ship's boy, journeying to Botany Bay and beyond on a voyage of discovery, led by Commander Lapérouse. Jules/Julienne sees new and strange things on board the
Boussole, but what she would most like to discover is her own history: who is Julienne Fulbert?"

Plot

Characters

Main article: List of On Board the Boussole characters

Author

Main article: Chrissie Michaels

Chrissie Michaels, who previously wrote under the name Christine Edwards, is a children's literature author. She was born in Lancashire, England and moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of six. She wrote On Board the Boussole and Convict Girl for the My Australian Story series.

Editions

Acknowledgements

"The author wishes to thank the following people and organisations for their support, and historical expertise: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Des Cowley, Rare Books Curator, State Library of Victoria; Lapérouse Museum and Visitor Centre, Botany Bay Pierre-Louis Bérard, Président, Association Lapérouse, Albi, France; Reece Discombe, who between 1958 and 1964 rediscovered the exact site of the Astrolabe and located the site of the Boussole, for his correspondence and photographs; Warwick Hurst, Curator of Manuscripts, State Library of New South Wales; Two definitive historical works: Russell Shelton, From Hudson Bay to Botany Bay, NC Press, Canada 1987; Capitaine de Vaisseau de Brossard, Rendez-vous avec Lapérouse à Vanikoro, Editions France-Empire, Paris, 1964; And to: Leone Peguero; Devron, Ryan, Emily and Stuart Edwards."

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