Edward Duyker’s books include several ethno-histories — Tribal Guerrillas (1987), The Dutch in Australia (1987) and Of the Star and the Key (1988) — and numerous books dealing with early Australian exploration.
Using the Dutch and French linguistic resources of his family, he edited The Discovery of Tasmania(1992). An Officer of the Blue (1994), his biography of Marc-Joseph Marion Dufresne (the first explorer after Abel Tasman to reach Van Diemen's Land), was launched by former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam. Nature’s Argonaut (1998), his biography of Daniel Solander the Swedish naturalist on HM Bark Endeavour, was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's History Awards in 1999.
Duyker is also the co-editor, with Per Tingbrand, of Daniel Solander: Collected Correspondence (1995). With his mother Maryse Duyker, he published the first English translation of the journal of the explorer Bruny d’Entrecasteaux in 2001. Citizen Labillardière (2003), his biography of the naturalist Jacques Labillardière , won the General History Prize among the New South Wales Premier's History Awards in 2004.
Although a long-term Sydney resident, he has twice been a resident of the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris. and is a frequent visitor to Tasmania. With Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown, he was an outspoken campaigner for the protection of Recherche Bay, from logging. François Péron: An Impetuous Life (2006), his biography of the controversial zoologist of the expedition of Nicolas-Thomas Baudin to Australian waters (1800—1803), won the Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize in 2007. Duyker has also edited A Woman on the Goldfields (1995), dealing with the life of Emily Skinner on the nineteenth-century Victorian gold fields, and co-authored Molly and the Rajah (1991), the life of Mary Esme Fink, an Australian woman who married the Rajah of Pudukkottai, India, in 1915. In 2007 he published A Dictionary of Sea Quotations with a deeply personal introduction on his family’s links with the sea.
Edward Duyker was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in 2000. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004. He was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in November 2007. The late Professor Greg Dening once described him as ‘an historian’s historian’.
The sea-road of good intentions.(Citizen Labillardiere: A Naturalist's Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755-1834))(Book Review)
Nov 01, 2004; Citizen Labillardiere: A Naturalist's Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755-1834), by Edward duyker; Melbourne...