Author Archives: ianburnet

About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'. Author of the book 'Where Australia Collides with Asia' Author of the book 'The Tasman Map'. Author of the book 'Eastern Voyages'.

Joseph Conrad, a voyage to Mauritius

In 1888 the barque Otago was commissioned to sail to Mauritius with general cargo and return with a cargo of sugar. As captain of the Otago, Joseph Conrad sought the permission of the owners to take the more difficult, but … Continue reading

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Jan Poortenaar – An Artist in Java

When first we conceived the plan of spending an undefined period in that “Somewhere East of Suez” , where the tropical East stretches an arm of land three thousand miles long towards Australia, we did it with the light-hearted cheerfulness … Continue reading

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Book Review from the Joseph Conrad Society of America

The following is an extract from a book review in Joseph Conrad Today a publication of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. Ian Burnet’s book, published this year, is a very welcome addition to a complex area of Conrad’s life … Continue reading

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Pulau Kumba is erupting! – Part 2

In 1849 the British naval ship, HMS Maeander, captained by Henry Keppel sailed from Singapore to Batavia (Jakarta) then to Australia, New Zealand and across to the Pacific coast of the United States. Pulau Kumba is located in the Flores … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad’s EASTERN VOYAGES – Book Review by Mark Heyward

The title caught my eye immediately: Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages, Tales of Singapore and an East Borneo River. The cover, with its image of sailing ships and steamships in Singapore whet my appetite for a bookish journey back to some … Continue reading

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A French Voyage to the Spice Islands 1838

From 1837 to 1840 the French vessels Astrolabe and Zellee commanded by Dumont d’Urville conducted a scientific expedition around the Pacific including a visit to the Moluccan Islands of Ternate, Ambon, Banda and Ceram. The official ship’s artist had died … Continue reading

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The Tasman Map – IMCOS Book Review

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The Wallace Line – Nature’s Great Divide – ABC TV November 30 at 9:30pm

Australia Remastered returns to ABC in a 3 part series billed as Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide. Australia and Asia are divided by a narrow strait that separates the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok. Known as the Wallace line, it’s one of … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad’s EASTERN VOYAGES at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

I was recently invited to appear at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Moderated by Virania Munaf the session has now been posted on YouTube and to view please follow this link: https://www.ianburnetbooks.com

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Maps of the Pacific – the Tasman Map remastered

The remastered Tasman Map is now on view at the Maps of the Pacific exhibition which which is being held at the NSW State Library until April 2022. More than 12 months of conservation work has gone into preparing the … Continue reading

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