France’s Dead in Australia – An Historical Survey



GraveAddress by Ed Duyker at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre 12 April 2014






A revised version of this address, with sources, will be published in the French Australian Review (formerly Explorations) in July 2014.

DOWNLOAD  Duyker, France’s Dead in Australia 


Massicot-1772   *    Claude-François-Joseph Receveur-1788   *   Jacques-Laurent Boucher- 1793   *   Romeo Rassel -1802   *    Pierre Lalouette de Vernicourt – 1804   * Gabriel Huon de Kerrilleau -1828 * Félix Balthasar Simon – 1839 * Pierre Moreau- 1839 *    Jean–Baptiste Beaudoin – 1840  * Joseph Couteleng  - 1840    *   Ernest Goupil – 1840  *    Honoré Argelier  - 1840   *   Alexandre Deniel  - 1840   *   François Girard  - 1859   *   Eugène Marie Quillien – 1876  *    Augustin Nicot – 1879   *  Jean-Marie Foucault-1879  *  Jean-Adolphe Bernard-1879  *  Emmanuel-Jean Allat – 1879 * Jean-Marie Pouly –  1879 *  Jules Boulanger  -  1879   *  Valentin Maze  - 1879   *  Louis-René Desmos – 1879  *   Victor Letourneau – 1879   *   Jean-Marie Urban  -  1879   *  Louis Drouillet –   1879  *  Louis-Marie Le Floch – 1879 * Jean-Marie Duret - 1879 * Edmond Marin La Meslée – 1893  *  Jacques Playoust – 1947 * Vicomte Guilaume Charles Baptiste de Pierres – 1959 *  Henri-Jacques-Stanley de Pierres – 1989 




OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific



PacificDATE: 22-26 April, 2014

WHERE: Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

on Thursday 24th April  there will be a launch of John Gascoigne’s Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment 

Full Conference Program April 22-26 2014

Register here for the conference

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and contains thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau’ofa’s seminal paper about the ‘Sea of Islands’ shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This conference employs the concept of Oceanscapes from The Pacific Oceanscape Vision, introduced by President Anote Tong of Kiribati and endorsed by the Pacific Island Forum. It is a vision for cooperative conservation action and adaption to issues of climate change. With a population just over 10 million and an area that stretches from Australia to Asia, Canada and the Americas, peoples of the Pacific region are adept at movement, contact and working together.

The Australian Association for Pacific Studies seeks to bring researchers across Oceanscapes to share their knowledge and experience; to benefit the peoples of the Pacific region, and to advance scholarship about the places between the better-known American and Asian rim countries.

This conference focusses on the cooperative nature of relations across the Pacific and the necessarily cooperative partnerships that allow for effective delivery of programs in health, education, trade and development while maintaining the integrity of the cultural diversity that is the hallmark of Pacific island nations and overseas territories.


- Register here for the conference (external link)

- Application form for Membership to AAPS

Laperouse Day unveiling of La Boussole


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To celebrate Laperouse Day, the Mayor of Randwick, Cr Scott Nash, and the Consul-General of France, Monsieur Eric Berti unveiled the latest addition to the Laperouse Collection.  It is a model of la Boussole(Compass), the ship commanded by Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.

La Boussole was originally a flûte (cargo ship) of 450 tons, named Portefaix (Stevedore). It was selected by the Minister of Marine, the Maréchal de Castries, on 6th March 1785 and then brought from Rochefort north to Brest, arriving on 13th May. It joined l’Autruche (Ostrich), later to be renamed l’Astrolabe, and then both ships were refitted for the scientific expedition commissioned by King Louis XVI.

English-made cooking stoves were replaced with traditional French galley stoves. Windmills were installed on the poop-deck of each ship for grinding wheat. Distilling machines, invented by Frenchman Pierre Poissonnier in 1763 to supply drinking water from sea water, were added. Both ships were decorated with wooden carvings of the French crest. Because it carried the commander of the expedition, la Boussole was provided with additional carvings of three fleurs-de-lys flanked by two cherubs at work with navigational instruments. The carvings were made at Brest in pine and lime-tree wood, and cost 332 livres 15 sols. Each ship carried five craft including a longboat, a Biscay boat and a yawl.

This model, at a scale of 1:70, is 92cm in length and took over 400 hours to produce. It was hand crafted by Le Village – Maquettes de bateaux in Madagascar using rosewood for the hull and ebony for the superstructure, masts, yards, pulleys and chain plates. Vegetable dyes and tea and coffee were used for the cotton sails.

(Photo L-R:  Ron Hoenig, Member for Heffron; Michael Daley, Member for Maroubra and Patron; Bruce Notley-Smith, Member for Coogee; Scott Nash, Mayor of Randwick and Patron; Matt Thistlethwaite, Member for Kingsford Smith and Patron; Eric Berti, Consul-General; Madeleine Berti; Leon Goltman, Councillor for Waverley).