Bass, George (1771-1803)

Also known as
Bass, (George), (Mr) (1771-1803)
Field of activity
Surgeon; Sailor; Explorer; Naturalist
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35014910
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-790647

Biographies

George Bass (1771-1803), surgeon and sailor, was born on 30 January 1771 at Aswarby in Lincolnshire, England, the only child of George Bass, a tenant farmer, and his wife Sarah, née Newman. When his father...

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George Bass explored the coast of New South Wales from Botany Bay to Illawarra and to Wilson's Promontory 1797-1798. In 1798-1799 he circumnavigated Tasmania with Matthew Flinders.

Born Aswarby, Lincolnshire, England, 30 January 1771. Died at sea 1803. Apprenticed to a local surgeon-apothecary, and by 1789 was a "surgeon second-rate". Postings in several ships; arrived in port Jackson on the "Reliance" 1795; explored the George's River with Matthew Flinders (q.v.) 1795 (this led to the establishment of a settlement at Banks Town); explored south of Botany Bay in "Tom Thumb" 1796; attempted unsuccessfully to cross the Blue Mountains 1796; found coal around Coalcliff 1797; explored a probable strait (later named Bass Strait) between New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land 1797-98; sailed through Bass Strait and circumnavigated Van Diemen's Land 1798-99; sailed with a trader, Charles Bishop, to England 1799-1800, naming and charting Bass Islands on the way; sailed with Bishop on the "Venus" to Port Jackson 1801; sailed to the south sea islands to buy pork for the government 1801 (some was sold to Baudin, (q.v.) for his French expedition); left for South America on the "Venus" 1803; fate unknown.

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Resources for George Bass

Selected resources (9)

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Bass, George
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Life of George Bass: Surgeon and Sailor of the Enlightenment
    Estensen, Miriam
    Published: Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2005
  3. Mount Hunter and Beyond: with Hunter, Bass, Tench, Wilson, Barrallier, Caley, King, and Macquarie, 1790-1815
    Andrews, Alan E.J.
    Published: 1990
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 76, 1, 3-15
  4. George Bass, 1771-1803. His Discoveries, Life and Tragic Disappearance
    Bowden, K. M.
    Published: Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1952
  5. George Bass, Victoria's First Explorer and Naturalist
    Coleman, Edith
    Published: 1950
    Series: Victorian Naturalist, 67, 3-9
  6. Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia
    Whitley, Gilbert P.
    Published: 1933
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, xix, 291-304
  7. Bass, George (1771-1803)
    Bowden, Keith Macrae
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1, 64-65
  8. Dooley, Gillian
    Published: 2005
    Series: Australian Book Review, 277, 48
  9. First Impressions. The British Discovery of Australia
    Steven, Margaret
    Published: British Museum (Natural History), London, 1988

Resources by George Bass (36)

  1. Van Diemen's Land revealed : Flinders and Bass and their circumnavigation of the island in the colonial sloop Norfolk 1798-1799 / editor: Dan Sprod
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 23 libraries
    Van Diemen's Land revealed : Flinders and Bass and their circumnavigation of the island in the colonial sloop Norfolk 1798-1799 / editor: Dan Sprod
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.185)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.185)

  2. An account of the English colony in New South Wales with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country : to which are added some particulars of New Zealand, compiled, by permission, from the mss of Lieut...
    Collins, David, 1756-1810
    [ Book, Microform, Art work : 1798-1989 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At 65 libraries
    An account of the English colony in New South Wales with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country : to which are added some particulars of New Zealand, compiled, by permission, from the mss of Lieutenant-Governor King / by David Collins
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.381)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.381)

  3. Matthew Flinders' narrative of his voyage in the schooner Francis, 1798 : preceded and followed by notes on Flinders, Bass, the wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c. / by Geoffrey Rawson ; with engravings by John Buckland Wright
    Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
    [ Book : 1946 ]
    At 21 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.024)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.024)

  4. An account of the English colony in New South Wales / by David Collins; edited, with an introduction, and notes, by James Collier
    Collins, David, 1756-1810
    [ Book : 1798-1910 ]
    View online
    At 27 libraries
    An account of the English colony in New South Wales / by David Collins; edited, with an introduction, and notes, by James Collier
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.161)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.161)

  5. The discovery of Bass Strait
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Book : 1892 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.825)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.825)

  6. Papers of William Waterhouse
    Waterhouse, William, 1752?-1822
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1782-1803 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.541)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.541)

  7. Journal describing Two-Fold Bay in New South Wales, Furneaux's Islands in Bass's Strait and the coasts and harbours of Van Dieman's Land, from notes made on board the colonial sloop Norfolk in 1798 and 1799
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished : 1997 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.633)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.633)

  8. Letter : Sydney Cove, N.S.W. to James Sykes
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished : 1803 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.827)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.827)

  9. Journal of a whaleboat voyage / George Bass
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Book : 1986 ]
    At 14 libraries
    Journal of a whaleboat voyage / George Bass
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.151)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.151)

  10. An account of the English colony in New South Wales : with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, etc, of the native inhabitants of that country / by David Collins ; ed. by Brian H. Fletcher
    Collins, David, 1756-1810
    [ Book : 1798-1975 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 67 libraries
    An account of the English colony in New South Wales : with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, etc, of the native inhabitants of that country / by David Collins ; ed. by Brian H. Fletcher
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.421)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.421)

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Resources about George Bass (117)

  1. George Bass 1771-1803 : his discoveries, romantic life and tragic disappearance / Keith Macrae Bowden
    Bowden, Keith Macrae, 1908-
    [ Book : 1952-1962 ]
    At 77 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.514)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.514)

  2. Van Diemen's Land revealed : Flinders and Bass and their circumnavigation of the island in the colonial sloop Norfolk 1798-1799 / editor: Dan Sprod
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 23 libraries
    Van Diemen's Land revealed : Flinders and Bass and their circumnavigation of the island in the colonial sloop Norfolk 1798-1799 / editor: Dan Sprod
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.177)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.177)

  3. Bass & Flinders / Nicolas Brasch
    Brasch, Nicolas, 1961-
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    At 89 libraries
    Bass & Flinders / Nicolas Brasch
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.389)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.389)

  4. An account of the English colony in New South Wales with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country : to which are added some particulars of New Zealand, compiled, by permission, from the mss of Lieut...
    Collins, David, 1756-1810
    [ Book, Microform, Art work : 1798-1989 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At 65 libraries
    An account of the English colony in New South Wales with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. of the native inhabitants of that country : to which are added some particulars of New Zealand, compiled, by permission, from the mss of Lieutenant-Governor King / by David Collins
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.183)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.183)

  5. Bass and Flinders / Johanna Rohan
    Rohan, Johanna
    [ Book : 2011 ]
    At 62 libraries
    Bass and Flinders / Johanna Rohan
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.979)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.979)

  6. Matthew Flinders' narrative of his voyage in the schooner Francis, 1798 : preceded and followed by notes on Flinders, Bass, the wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c. / by Geoffrey Rawson ; with engravings by John Buckland Wright
    Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
    [ Book : 1946 ]
    At 21 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.974)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.974)

  7. George Bass, 1771-1803, surgeon and sailor / by K.M. Bowden
    Bowden, Keith Macrae, 1908-
    [ Book : 1961 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.918)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.918)

  8. Bass and Flinders / Cathy Dodson ; illustrated by Roland Harvey
    Dodson, Cathy, 1971-
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 77 libraries
    Bass and Flinders / Cathy Dodson ; illustrated by Roland Harvey
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.938)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.938)

  9. An account of the English colony in New South Wales / by David Collins; edited, with an introduction, and notes, by James Collier
    Collins, David, 1756-1810
    [ Book : 1798-1910 ]
    View online
    At 27 libraries
    An account of the English colony in New South Wales / by David Collins; edited, with an introduction, and notes, by James Collier
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.989)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.989)

  10. [Biographical cuttings on Dr George Bass, explorer who discovered Bass Strait, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.928)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.928)

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  1. Website: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
    www.eoas.info
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  2. Website: Australian National Botanic Gardens : Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
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  1. Dattilo-Rubbo, Antonio (1870-1955)
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    ... Duncan, George Bernard ... Coen ('Gunner’), Roy de Maistre, George Duncan , Dora Jarret ('Sweetheart’), Tempe Manning ...
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  2. Bass, George M.
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  3. Bass, Ray
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on George McArdle, former bass guitarist for the Little River Band, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. George Robert Harrison
    Harrison, George Robert, 1896-1917
    [ Unpublished : 1890-1935 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. [Diary of a voyage on the sailing ship Nimrod from London to Sydney, 1861] by Edward George Lewis
    Lewis, Edward George
    [ Unpublished : 1861 ]
    At Maritime Museum
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.041)

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  1. Misson, George
    Misson, George
    Created by robinwaust, 9 items.

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  2. Our Strange Past, By George Blaikie, Western Mail (Perth)
    Our Strange Past, By George Blaikie, Western Mail (Perth)
    Created by Ruben, 125 items.

    Series of Articles, Published in “Western Mail” (Perth, WA) 1952-
    (before in "The Mail" (Adelaide, SA) )

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.007)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.007)

  3. Queensferry
    Queensferry
    Created by alicecolorado, 138 items.

    Articles relating to the people and activities of the town of Queensferry, Westernport, Bass, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.003)

  1. The bones of Avignon / Jefferson Bass
    Bass, Jefferson
    [ Book, Map : 2012-2014 ]
    Possibly online
    At 45 libraries
    The bones of Avignon / Jefferson Bass
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.247)

  2. The Blood telegram : Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide / by Gary J. Bass
    Bass, Gary Jonathan, 1969-
    [ Book, Map : 2013-2014 ]
    Possibly online
    At 38 libraries
    The Blood telegram : Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide / by Gary J. Bass
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.146)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.146)

  3. The black rhinos of Namibia : searching for survivors in the African desert / Rick Bass
    Bass, Rick, 1958-
    [ Book, Map : 2012 ]
    Possibly online
    At 9 libraries
    The black rhinos of Namibia : searching for survivors in the African desert / Rick Bass
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.142)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.142)

  1. A history of seafaring based on underwater archaeology / edited by George F. Bass ; contributors: George F. Bass <and others>
    Bass, George F. (George Fletcher)
    [ Book : 1972-1974 ]
    At 42 libraries
    A history of seafaring based on underwater archaeology / edited by George F. Bass ; contributors: George F. Bass <and others>
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.892)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.892)

  2. Ships and shipwrecks of the Americas : a history based on underwater archaeology / edited by George F. Bass
    Bass, George Fletcher
    [ Book : 1988-1996 ]
    At 20 libraries
    Ships and shipwrecks of the Americas : a history based on underwater archaeology / edited by George F. Bass
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.557)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.557)

  3. Beneath the seven seas : adventures with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology / edited by George F. Bass
    Bass, George Fletcher
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    At 19 libraries
    Beneath the seven seas : adventures with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology / edited by George F. Bass
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.455)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.455)

  4. Archaeology beneath the sea / George F. Bass
    Bass, George Fletcher
    [ Book : 1975-2003 ]
    Languages: English;Turkish, [1 other]
    At 12 libraries
    Archaeology beneath the sea / George F. Bass
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.449)

  1. Messiah / George Frideric Handel ; edited by Alfred Mann
    Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
    [ Printed music : 1800-2009 ]
    Languages: English;German;Multiple languages;engger, [4 others]
    Read online at Hathi Trust
    View online
    At 45 libraries
    Messiah / George Frideric Handel ; edited by Alfred Mann
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.373)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.373)

  2. George Bass Surf Boat Marathon
    [ Periodical, Video, Archived website : 2010-2016 ]
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    At 4 libraries
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.357)

  3. The bone yard / Jefferson Bass
    Bass, Jefferson
    [ Book, Audio book : 2011-2013 ]
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    The bone yard / Jefferson Bass
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.248)

  4. The bone thief / Jefferson Bass
    Bass, Jefferson
    [ Book, Audio book : 2010-2011 ]
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    The bone thief / Jefferson Bass
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.237)

  1. GEORGE BASS BORN 200 YEARS AGO
    Victor Harbour Times (SA : 1932 - 1986) Friday 5 February 1971 p 6 Article
    ... February 3, 1771. In 1795 and 1796 George Bass and Matthew Flinders explored the coastline south of Sydney ... Tasmania from the mainland by sailing around the island. Flinders named the strait after Bass. In 1803 Bass ... 117 words
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.327)

  2. BASS.
    Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) Thursday 3 May 1928 p 2 Article
    ... BASS. Becker, George Godfrey, farmer (Lab). Brumby, Harold James Samuel, pas-torilist (Nat ... 78 words
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.599)

  3. BASS.
    Daily Post (Hobart, Tas. : 1908 - 1918) Wednesday 22 January 1913 p 3 Article
    ... BASS. ANDERSON, ARTHUR. BECKER, GEORGE GODFREY, GUY, JAMES. HAYES, JOHN BLYTH. LIOWROYD, CHARLES ... 25 words
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.592)

  1. In the intestate estate of George Bass, late of Oxley, [?] labourer, deceased.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 21 March 1906 [Issue No.130] p 2002

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Id the intestate estate of George Bass, late of Oxley, labourer, deceased. ALL persons having ... 55 words
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  2. RE will of MARY ELIZABETH FARRELL, late of 16 Bass
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 12 January 1973 [Issue No.6] p 111

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... RE will of MARY ELIZABETH FARRELL, late of 16 Bass Road, Earlwood, widow, deceased.—Probate granted ... particulars of their claims to the said executors at c.o. Aitken & Pluck, Solicitors, 234 George Street ... 160 words
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  3. PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the will of George Bass, late of Kintore-street, Dulwich Hill, near Sidney, in the State of New South Wales, Carter, deceased.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 12 August 1921 [Issue No.118] p 4825

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Ill the Supreme Court of New South Wales. PROBATE JURISDICTION. in the will of George Bass, late of ... 279 words
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  1. George Bass, Surgeon & Navigator (circa 1771-1803)
    Martin Bush; Naomi Andrzejeski
    [ Article : 2011 ]
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  2. George Bass Surf Boat Marathon
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  3. Bass player
    EBSCO Publishing (Firm)
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  4. The mill on the floss / George Eliot
    Eliot, George, 1819-1880
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