Bass, George (1771-1803)

Also known as
Bass, (George), (Mr) (1771-1803)
Field of activity
Explorers; Sailors; Surgeons; Explorer; Naturalist; Surgeon; Sailor
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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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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. A passion for exploring new countries: Matthew Flinders and George Bass
    Bastian, Josephine
    Published: Australian Scholarly Publications, Melbourne, 2016
  9. Dooley, Gillian
    Published: 2005
    Series: Australian Book Review, 277, 48
  10. First Impressions. The British Discovery of Australia
    Steven, Margaret
    Published: British Museum (Natural History), London, 1988

Resources by George Bass (33)

  1. George Bass - Letter, 5 Jan. 1803, to James Sykes, from Sydney Cove, NSW
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 130,592.328)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 130,592.328)

  2. 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: 122,349.273)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,349.273)

  3. 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: 111,907.383)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 111,907.383)

  4. Letters
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished, Microform ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 84,845.977)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 84,845.977)

  5. 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: 81,156.758)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 81,156.758)

  6. 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: 76,807.93)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76,807.93)

  7. Letters to Governor King
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished : 1802 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,816.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,816.906)

  8. Papers of William Waterhouse
    Waterhouse, William, 1752?-1822
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1782-1803 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,155.379)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,155.379)

  9. George Bass - Journal in the whaleboat, 3 December 1797-25 February 1798
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished : 1798 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 62,959.312)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 62,959.312)

  10. Journal of expedition in the whale boat : 3 December 1797 to 25 February 1798 / George Bass ; [presented to the people of Victoria by Perpetual Trustees Australia to mark the bicentennial and re-enactment of Bass' expedition]
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Book : 1797-1997 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,541.047)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,541.047)

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Resources about George Bass (176)

  1. George Bass - Letter, 5 Jan. 1803, to James Sykes, from Sydney Cove, NSW
    Bass, George, 1771-1803
    [ Unpublished ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 130,327.555)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 130,327.555)

  2. 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: 122,088.617)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,088.617)

  3. 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: 111,268.82)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 111,268.82)

  4. Letter to George Bass, 1802
    [ Unpublished : 1802 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,390.633)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,390.633)

  5. [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: 103,285.227)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 103,285.227)

  6. [Portrait of George Bass, 1771-1803, naval surgeon and explorer]
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Portrait of George Bass, 1771-1803, naval surgeon and explorer]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,995.758)

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  7. George Bass (1771-1803) / edited by John F. Bailey
    Bailey, John F
    [ Book, Object : 1988 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 99,719.5)

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  8. In Search of George Bass / by Sarah Catherine Mitchell
    Mitchell, Sarah Catherine
    [ Book : 2018 ]
    In Search of George Bass / by Sarah Catherine Mitchell
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 97,817.281)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 97,817.281)

  9. George Bass, 1771-1803 : the man who discovered Bankstown / by Merle Peters
    Peters, Merle
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91,236.766)

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  10. George Bass, 1771-1803, surgeon and sailor / by K.M. Bowden
    Bowden, Keith Macrae, 1908-
    [ Book : 1961 ]
    At 7 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91,193.969)

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  1. Bass, George M.
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  2. Bass, Ray
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  3. Bass & Flinders Centre
    ... the sloop Norfolk, that was built to commemorate the journey of Matthew Flinders and George Bass to ... The Bass and Flinders Centre is a tribute to wooden boats and northern tasmania. It is the home of ...
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  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. NOTICE OF RESOLUTION BASS INDUSTRIAL GROUP PTY LIMITED (IN LIQUIDATION)
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Business (National : 1987 - 2004) Tuesday 12 December 1995 p 4106

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... NOTICE OF RESOLUTION BASS INDUSTRIAL GROUP PTY LIMITED (IN LIQUIDATION) A.C.N. 001 069 263 At a ... members voluntary winding up and that David John Frank Lombe. Chartered Accountant, Level 2, 225 George ... 146 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,456.867)

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  1. [Interview with George Bass] [interviewed by Jack Darcey]
    Bass, George
    [ Sound : 1989 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At WA State Library
    [Interview with George Bass] [interviewed by Jack Darcey]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 737.942)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 737.942)

  2. George Bass
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    George Bass
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 677.214)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 677.214)

  3. Interview with George Bass about the history of the Australian Fishing Industry
    [ Sound : 1989-1990 ]
    View online
    At Maritime Museum
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 439.833)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 439.833)

  4. Strings & Bass
    Strings and Bass (Musical group)
    [ Sound : 2016-2017 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    View online (access conditions)
    At Edith Cowan Uni
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 414.564)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 414.564)

  1. George Bass, Surgeon & Navigator (circa 1771-1803)
    Martin Bush; Naomi Andrzejeski
    [ Article : 2011 ]
    View online
    At Museum Victoria Coll
    George Bass, Surgeon & Navigator (circa 1771-1803)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 691.142)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 691.142)

  2. George Bass Surf Boat Marathon
    [ Archived website, Periodical : 2010-2020 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 586.333)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 586.333)

  3. Bass, George
    Gondwana To Gold: A Chronological History of Australia
    [ Article : 1996 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 514.843)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 514.843)

  4. New light on George Bass: entrepreneur and intellectual
    Roe, Michael
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article : 1987 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.239)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.239)

  1. Bass, George
    [ Unpublished ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 484.944)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 484.944)

  2. Bass, George, 1943
    [ Unpublished : 1943 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 422.912)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 422.912)

  3. Bass, George, 5 November 1949
    [ Unpublished : 1949 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 367.316)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 367.316)

  1. Australia-Bass Strait / From the surveys of Commander J. L. Stokes, and the Officers of H.M.S. Beagle 1839-43 with additions from the surveys of the Australian coast by Commanders H. L. Cox & G. B. Wilkinson R.N. 1864-7, Navg. Lieut. H. J. Stanley, R ...
    Great Britain. Hydrographic Department
    [ Map, Government publication : 1868-1989 ]
    View online
    At 6 libraries
    Australia-Bass Strait / From the surveys of Commander J. L. Stokes, and the Officers of H.M.S. Beagle 1839-43 with additions from the surveys of the Australian coast by Commanders H. L. Cox & G. B. Wilkinson R.N. 1864-7, Navg. Lieut. H. J. Stanley, R.N. 1868-73 and Commander Richard F. Hoskyn, R.N. 1886-7. Engraved by Davies, Bryer & Co
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 299.582)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 299.582)

  2. Plans of Anchorages in Bass Strait
    Great Britain. Hydrographic Dept
    [ Government publication, Map : 1868-1900 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Plans of Anchorages in Bass Strait
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 221.385)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 221.385)

  3. Australia-Bass Strait : Anderson's inlet / surveyed by G.A. Woods in H.M. Colonial Sloop Victoria ; by order of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, 13.4.1858
    Woods, G. A. (George Austin)
    [ Map : 1958 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 206.866)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 206.866)

  1. George Bass
    George Bass
    Created by lw251, 18 items.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 676.406)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 676.406)

  2. Misson, George
    Misson, George
    Created by robinwaust, 11 items.

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  3. George O Webb
    George O Webb
    Created by lizziegibb, 128 items.

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  1. Adventurous Bass
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Saturday 6 December 1952 p 14 Article
    ... smuggling some of his unsalable goods into South America. On February 5, 1803, Bass took his last farewell ... born at Aswarby. in Lincolnshire, on February 3, 1771. His ancestors had been innkeepers at Boston for ... 761 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6,417.67)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6,417.67)

  2. 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
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,283.283)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,283.283)

  3. 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
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,777.719)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,777.719)

  1. George Bass 1771-1803
    Bowden, Keith Macrae
    [ Book : 1952 ]
    At RHSV Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,173.505)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,173.505)

  2. 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 very relevant to your query (score: 734.171)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 734.171)

  3. George Bass bicentennary commemorative program, 2nd-8th January, 1998
    Bass Coast Shire Council
    [ Video, Book ]
    At RHSV Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 615.717)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 615.717)

  4. The man from little river : the story of George McArdle, former bass player for the Little River Band / by Denise A. Austin ; with George McArdle
    Austin, Denise A
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 26 libraries
    The man from little river : the story of George McArdle, former bass player for the Little River Band / by Denise A. Austin ; with George McArdle
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 598.956)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 598.956)