French Explorers– Voyages to Australia)

2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the first French visit to Australian shores.

This exhibition explores the people who led those voyages and their achievements and legacies. You might encounter one or two surprising anecdotes along the way!

French Explorers – Voyages to Australia introduces some of the great 18th century French adventurers who visited these shores. Through rare objects, stunning contemporary art, costumes, a dynamic digital map, and even a creaking ship cabin, this show chronicles the personalities of the men – and women! – who played a major part in the strong ongoing connection between France and Australia.

Note that the exhibition was organized by Roxanne Fea, with whom Joël Hakim collaborated. Carole Abela, President of the Friend’s of Lapérouse Museum, Sydney Australia, informs us that the model of the Windmill that we (ALAF) sent them has finally arrived. A celebration is being prepared for May with the donors who made this acquisition possible. A big thank you to Joël Hakim who initiated this action, which thanks to Jean-Lin Toulemonde could be realized in a remarkable way.

The Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc. is a community organisation and a foundation member of The Laperouse International Network, dedicated to the preservation of the Bicentennial Gift from the Australian French community by way of the Laperouse Museum commemorating the voyage of Jean-François de Galaup Comte de Lapérouse.

Randwick City Council and the La Perouse Museum acknowledge the Bidjigal and the Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the Museum stands and serves. We celebrate their ongoing contributions to the life and identity of the area, and we acknowledge and pay our respects to the Ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.

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