The Museum and Headland is managed by Randwick City Council.  The Museum  is open on Wednesdays & Fridays 10am-2pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm.  Randwick City Council’s contact telephone number for the Museum is 9093 6190 and email:  The monuments are accessible all hours.   Further information

Bare Island continues to be managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Receveur Mass 2018



Over 130 attended the St Andrews Annual Receveur Mass celebrated last Sunday by Fr Paul Ghanem together with Fr Cauchi of Malabar Parish.  Fr Paul’s homily is published below.

Randwick City Council generously sponsored the marquee and a Sausage Sizzle was provided by the Sydney Seaside Lions Club with drinks from Friends of the Laperouse Museum(FOLM). The Consul General for France, Nicolas Croizer and local    Federal and State MPs Matt Thistlethwaite and Michael Daley and FOLM President, Carol Abela, laid wreaths. Councillors Carlos da Rocha and Danny Said represented Randwick City Council.  Members of Fr Pat Hurley’s congregation at Hoxton Park also attended.  As the former priest at St Andrews, Fr Pat was responsible for the Mass from 1988 to 2002. Photos below include Consul General, Nicolas Croizer with Fr Paul; Receveur Mass organiser Lee Leo with Fr Paul; Seaside Lions at work; the choir and violinist.

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Celebrating 230 years of European Astronomy at La Perouse



Last night at the La Perouse Museum, the very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Education Manager from the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory, Raelene Sommer, conducted a night of ‘star-gazing’.  Conditions varied throughout the evening but by 10pm there was good viewing of Sirius, Jewel Box (open star cluster Eta Carinae, star that’s about to go supernova), Alpha Centauri, 47 Tucanae(globular star cluster), and the The Great Orion Nebula .  The evening marked the 230th anniversary of the death of Father Receveur, who was the Chaplain on l’Astrolabe, as well being an ecologist, volcanologist, and assistant astronomer to Dagelet.

Thanks also to Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and Professor Information Technology for suggesting this evening; Professor Miroslav Filipovic, Director Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory and Dr Ain de Horta, Astronomer in Charge and particularly to Dave (pictured left) who wielded a mean laser pointer throughout.  Details about Penrith Observatory.

Previous astronomy related events at La Perouse include – link.


John Cann’s 80th birthday at the La Perouse Museum


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Deputy Mayor Alexandra Luxford, along with Councillors Carlos Da Rocha, Danny Said, Dylan Parker and Philipa Veitch, hosted a very special 80th birthday party for John Cann last night at the La Perouse Museum.  A number of guests paid tribute to John, including colleagues from his days at ICI and Laddie Timbery another La Perouse Loop icon who travelled from Huskisson to be there. (L-R:  Carlos da Rocha, Alexandra Luxford, Helen Cann, John Cann, Noreen (John’s sister). Continue reading