The first landing by Europeans was by Captain Weatherhead of the transport ship "Matilda" on 27th July 1791. Because of the narrow northern isthmus, he mistook it for an island. Nicholas Baudin named the peninsula after French explorer Louis de Freycinet (1779-1841). Baudin also named Cape Baudin, Cape Faure, Cape Forestier and Thouin Bay, although that Bay is now known as Wineglass Bay. Tench, W. : "A complete account of the settlement at Port Jackson including an accurate description of the colony", London 1793 Chapter XV.
- TASMAP - Freycinet National Park. DPIW.
- Blakers, Rob (2004) Freycinet: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania (text Jamie Kirkpatrick) Cascades, Tas. : Wilderness Photo,ISBN 0-9579744-1-8 (Library catalogue comment (http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=Freycinet+Peninsula&i=2&id=743709): Freycinet National park was one of the first national parks in Tasmania and the world.))
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