Charles Bampfield Yule

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Captain Charles Bampfield Yule, R.N. (1806–1 November 1878 at Anderton, Cornwall, United Kingdom) was an explorer and author of the Admiralty Australia Directory.

The third son of Commander John Yule RN who served with Nelson at Trafalgar and a mother who was the daughter of Bampfield Carslake, Charles Bampfield Yule was the brother of the Reverend John Carslake Duncan Yule.[1] While a Lieutenant, he commanded the HMS Bramble (1822) as part of the surveying expedition led by Frances Blackwood from 1842-1845. Yule discovered and named Heron Island off Queensland, Australia on 11 January 1843.[2] He continued on to survey the coast of New Guinea in 1846 and assisted Owen Stanley in his New Guinea expedition of 1848-1849. Although Yule claimed New Guinea for Great Britain, his claim was not recognised by the British government (although Great Britain was later to officially claim southeastern New Guinea in 1884). [3] He published the four-volume Australia Directory from 1853-1868.

Yule Island in Papua-New Guinea is most likely named after Yule, although he did not claim credit for its discovery.[3]



  • 2 April 1830 - HMS Bramble

During his command, the Bramble was attached to HMS Rattlesnake during Survey Duties on the East Indies Station, mainly around the coast of Eastern Australia and New Guinea.


  • 'The Australia Directory' edited by J. Burdwood, Master, R. N., from Cape Leeuin to Port Stephens, including Bass Strait and Tasmania - Vol 2, East Coast, Torres Strait and Coral Sea. Compiled by Charles B. Yule, R.N. (1859)[4]

See also[edit]


  • Quanchi, Max (2005). Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810853957. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link] History of All Saints Church, Bradford
  2. ^ [2] Naval Historical Society of Australia
  3. ^ a b Quanchi, Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands, page 251
  4. ^ [3] 'A catalogue of 1017 books, maps, pamphlets, etc. relating to Australia, New Zealand and the South Seas, including many rare volumes with beautiful coloured plates and fine bindings' by George Calvert Pub. by J E Francis, London (1920)