2018 Annual Pierre Roussel Lecture – Professor Robert Clancy


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The Contribution of Two Exceptional Frenchmen to the Success of Australian Rural Industry in the Nineteenth Century”

Professor Robert Clancy AM provided an authoritative and entertaining presentation on scientists Adrien Loir and Eugene Nicolle, situating their contributions within the  Enlightenment tradition and the innovation culture unique to a newly established and remote country.   Robert is a  life member and past president of the Friends of the Laperouse Museum.  He was the foundation Professor of Pathology at the University of Newcastle, developed the vaccine Broncostat there in 1985, has researched and lectured extensively in cartography and recently completed a thesis on the history of science in Australia. Link to recent ABC Interview.

photos clockwise: Pierre and Carole Roussel at the opening of the Laperouse Museum in 1988; Robert Clancy and Carole Roussel; Robert  presenting on Loir and Nicolle; Robert presenting an encore – an account of the Australian influence on engineers Wolseley and Austin


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.