Bastille Day 2018



Saturday 14 July 2018, La Perouse Museum and grounds, 1609 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, 9:30am-2pm. 

Chris Cody – Australian/French Jazz pianist and composer






You are invited to  celebrate Bastille Day at La Perouse. There will be food and drink stalls, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.  The festivities will begin with an historical re-enactment and ceremony at the Laperouse Monument with musical entertainment and activities from 11am.  Australian/French Jazz Pianist and composer,  Chris Cody and his band, will be the featured artists.

For more information contact or  9093 6791.


Plan of Management for National Park at La Perouse



The National Parks Plan of Management for Kamay Botany Bay National Park which was written in 2000 is now being revised.  You can have your say on priorities for the new plan.  Submissions close 2nd August 2018details at this link 

You are invited to attend a stakeholder workshop to have your say on the draft master plan and draft plan of management for Kamay Botany Bay National Park. At these workshops, NPWS staff and engagement consultants Context will be available to explore issues and seek your feedback on future management of the park. We encourage stakeholder groups to send 1 or 2 representatives to participate in a workshop. We are offering two separate workshops: Thursday 28 June, Kensington Park Community Centre, Hall 2, 1 Day Lane, Kensington from 3.30pm – 6pm
Wednesday 27 June Kamay Botany Bay National Park Visitor Centre, Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell from 1.30pm – 4pm   Pleas
e let the organisers know which workshop you would like to attend. email: phone: 02 9542 0619

National Parks manage most of the public open space at La Perouse (all except Frenchman’s Bay, Timbery and Cann Parks). National Parks are responsible for Congwong and Little Congwong beaches, Cape Banks,  the Military Heritage at Henry Head and Cape Banks, The Minmi Wreck, the Depression Camp heritage in Happy Valley, the Historic Coast Cemetery, Brown’s Rock Fishing Platform, the Laperouse Museum within the Cable Station, the Receveur tomb, Laperouse Monument*, Macquarie Watchtower, Bare Island and Astrolabe and Cruwee Coves.  They are responsible for keeping down weeds such as bitou, protecting native fauna and flora (including Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub) and eradicating feral animals which prey on native animals or destroy native vegetation.  National Parks are responsible for toilets overlooking Congwong Bay and the toilets at Cape Banks(not open to the public).

NOTE:  The Cable Station, Monuments (Laperouse, Receveur, Watchtower) and land within the La Perouse Loop are leased to Randwick City Council until 2058. However, this area remains part of the National Park and is subject to the Kamay Botany Bay Plan of Management.

There is also an opportunity for the Plan of Management to link the marine environmentbi, as has been done at Bouddi National Park 

Report on Tourism at La Perouse (2010)







Toilets overlooking Congwong Bay

Congwong Bay Toilets

Bitou in light green

Bitou in light green

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 Jan Chrzczonowicz (chaplain to the French speaking for the last 22 year for the metropolitan Sydney ) also was present con-celebrating at Mass and reading the Gospel in French as well as the prayers at the graveside.

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.