This booklet tells the tale of a French cabin boy, Narcisse Pelletier, and his lifestyles 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 in basic terms 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 previous while the Saint-Paul used to be wrecked close to Rossel Island off New Guinea in 1858. abandoning greater than three hundred chinese language labourers recruited for the Australian goldfields - believed to were consequently massacred by means of the Rossel Islanders - the ship's captain and workforce, together with the cabin boy, escaped in a longboat. After a gruelling voyage around the Coral Sea, they landed close to Cape path on Cape York, the place Pelletier discovered himself deserted whilst the boat sailed off with no him. He used to be rescued by way of an Aboriginal kinfolk and remained with them as a member in their extended family until eventually 1875 whilst he used to be sighted by means of the team of a pearling lugger. 'Rescued' opposed to his will, Pelletier was once conveyed to Sydney after which repatriated to France.
The writer, Stephanie Anderson, came upon Pelletier's tale by accident in an outdated French anthropological magazine. As she began discovering it, her fascination with the tale grew. She discovered that Pelletier had left an account of his reports, first released in 1876, that had by no means been translated into English.
Now, for the first actual time, this outstanding tale is obtainable to learn in English, complemented through an ethnographic remark by way of anthropologist Athol Chase and an in-depth creation by means of Anderson. Pelletier: The Forgotten Castaway of Cape York is needed studying for somebody with an curiosity in Australian heritage, anthropology, or the interesting global of pre-colonial Aboriginal lifestyles.