Lest we forget: 11th November 2018 La Perouse


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Today in La Perouse: Monument, Receveur Tomb & millstone from L’astrolabe.


Such was the camaraderie forged on the battlefields of the Western Front that on Bastille Day, 1917, the Hon. David Storey, M.L.A. (Randwick), a member of the Holman Government, announced that the New South Wales Government intended to dedicate a portion of land, approximately 1 acre, permanently to the French nation and the French people, so that it might be kept sacred to their memory for ever. At a separate public meeting on the same day, Mr J. Garland, M.L.C., Minister for Justice and Solicitor General, announced that the Government of New South Wales had decided to make a gift to the French people, in perpetuity, of the piece of land at Botany Bay, where Laperouse landed. [Sydney Morning Herald, 16 July, 1917].  (Pictured above: Australian Diggers at the unveiling of the
First Division Memorial at Pozières, July 1917)

Since the Laperouse Monument and Receveur Tombs were constructed in 1828 the headland has been a focus for commemoration of the relationship with France.

(Pictured: left –  French sailors pay their respects on Bastille Day 1944; below – presentation of French street signs for Soldiers Settlement Matraville at the 2008 commemoration.






(Left: Street sign in Villers-Bretonneux for Victoria School named for Victoria, Australia).


La Perouse Museum Plan


Randwick Council proposal for expenditure of around $100,000 for exhibitions and events at La Perouse Museum over this financial year.

 A Business Plan for the Perouse Museum  will be discussed at Randwick City Council’s Meeting Tuesday 24th July 2018 – CLICK HERE FOR PAPERS 

NOTE: Should you wish to discuss with your Council Representatives click here for Councillor details 

Proposed exhibitions and activities are budgeted to cost $69,000 with expected revenue of $3000 to be allocated from the 2018-2019 budget.  In addition there is a proposed contribution of $88,000 over 3 years for an ARC Grant in collaboration with University of NSW.


The Pauline McLeod Primary School Art Exhibition $1500

Aboriginal Art of La Perouse October 2018 – February 2019 $25,000

Objets Francais April to July 2019  $10,000

La Perouse Through the Lens La Perouse Photographs  March – July 2019 $18,000

In addition Public and School Events at $10 pp:  Shared Histories charged at $65 for 20 students; Two French- Themed Public Programs $8000; Bastille Day Courtyard Performance – Chris Cody;

Weaving Workshops $500 each; Kadoo Tours $600 each; Storytelling by the Beach $1200; Cultural Cooking Class $2200; Boomerang Throwing Class $500 each.  Total cost $14,000 with expected revenue $3000.

ARC Grant Proposal:  Aeolian Building Wind Sounds with Didgeridoo – $8,000 Council $6,500 UNSW;  Whispers in language French UNSW $5,000 Council $3,000; Sonic Well sound connection telegraph cable Council $6,000 UNSW $15,000; Sun Spot Council $16,000 UNSW $9,000; The Green Book Light and Wind Projection at Macquarie Tower UNSW $7,000 Council $30,000; Research on the Museum colar, maritime and indigenous themes UNSW $35,000 Council $25,000

Total Council input $88,000 over 3 years; UNSW $114,500 (including $34,000 to prepare application); ARC funding anticipated $218,000.