Invitation to Parliament House Dinner

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Hon. Justice Michael Pembroke of the NSW Supreme Court

The Friends of the Lapérouse Museum together with the President of the NSW Legislative Council, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC are delighted to host a fundraising dinner in the Strangers’ Dining Room of NSW Parliament House Sydney, on Tuesday October 18 from 6:30pm. In unconventional style, our President Nicole Forrest Green, has arranged for Judge and Author the Hon. Justice Michael Pembroke of the NSW Supreme Court to speak about Captain Arthur Phillip a subject he knows well – including the vision and values Phillip shared with a great contemporary, Jean-Francois de Galaup, Count of Lapérouse, Capitaine de Vaisseau. In an age of enlightenment, where science and knowledge flourished, Lapérouse and Phillip were pioneers representing their respective countries with courage and determination, and where destiny brought both of them to a foreign land far, far from home, in January of 1788.

Funds raised on this special night will be directed in their entirety towards the Laperouse Education Fund, a program supported by both French and Australian Governments that will assist young Australian university students in the field of science, travel to France on an exchange program, to broaden their knowledge, skills and exposure to advanced technology, in the context of the spirit of the Enlightenment and the discoveries of Lapérouse.

 Cost: $120 per person Tables of Ten: $1000                                    Enquiries: tony.gentile@optusnet.com.au     PH: 0412 303 757

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French Senate delegation visit

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delegation-september-2016Sunday September 18, 2016 a delegation from the French Senate visited the Lapérouse Museum Sydney.

Nicole Forrest Green our President discussed the challenges that lay ahead for the Museum in the midst of great change as the NSW Minister for Heritage and the Environment, the Hon. Mark Speakman MP awaits an administrative process to sign a new Management Lease for the Museum to Randwick City Council where funds have been set aside for renovation, repairs and improvements to the site. The Group was shown the area Laperouse landed and his story as it unfolded across the Pacific taken from the pages of his famous ‘Atlas de Voyage’ atlassaved by both Barthélémy de Lesseps and British Naval Officers from Arthur Phillip’s first fleet that transported records of the French expedition back to Europe on their behalf, a custom of the day that protected records from potential accidents, natural disasters or other problems.

lhermoine-de-lafayetteThe visiting Délégation comprised Members of the French Senate’s Commission for Foreign Affairs, Defence and France’s Armed Forces presided by Senator Christian Cambon (Val-de-Marne) and a very clever lady Senator Marie-Francoise Perol-Dumont representing the Haute-Viennes region of France. Senators Christian Namy and André Trillard were delighted with the historical ties between France and Australia that date back to the earliest days of European settlement in this country, 1788. Senator Trillard spoke of the great shipbuilding skills of his region that had recently overseen the reconstruction of a replica of the 18th Century Navire ‘L’Hermione‘ that brought liberty and freedom to the United States of America transporting Lafayette and assistance to help insurgents in the American Revolutionary War against the British. Lapérouse himself had also met with General Washington in 1781. The idea has also been raised in a number of quarters to rebuild ‘l’Astrolabe’ a topic of great interest.

France’s skill and expertise in naval affairs has recently taken centre stage in the Australia-France relationship to the delight of the visiting delegation. The Group were accompanied also by the French Consul General to Sydney M. Nicolas Croizer and France’s Defence Attaché to Australia Captaine Yann Marboeuf FN. Lise Ménager Advisor to the Commission, was also in attendance. Nicole Forrest Green was presented with an extraordinary gift – an historical Royal naval medallion from Senator André Trillard in appreciation of the ties that bind our two nations.

LA PEROUSE – ONE HUGE HISTORY!


WatchtowerSUNDAY 11H SEPTEMBER  2016  
10.30 AM– 12.00 Noon

La Perouse has witnessed many events significant in our National History – from Indigenous Australians to the arrival of James Cook, the First Fleet and the Expedition of Laperouse. The Rum Trade flourished with the arrival of the Second Fleet and La Perouse became the first Customs Outpost in Australia.

Later the headland would provide communication between Australia and NZ and later the fear of enemy attack saw the development of defences to protect important local infrastructure. But, there is a lot more!

Join a walk with Committee member Greg Bond to view the landscape and colonial structures that reflect a diverse local history on this 191st Anniversary of the foundation of the Laperouse Monument by the Baron de Bougainville.

This is a free activity sponsored by the Friends of the Lapérouse Museum

Meet: on the verandah, Laperouse Museum at 10.15

Following the walk –tea / coffee, etc. will be provided. Gold Coin donation appreciated.

Activity involves walking around La Perouse Headland on grassed, uneven and paved surfaces. Slip, slop slap.

RSVP / Further information: Greg Bond Ph: 9661 5431 / 0418 628730
greg.bond1@bigpond.com