French Explorers - Voyages to Australia

Fri 1 Apr 2022 - Sun 16 Oct 2022

Community Galleries, La Perouse Museum
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse 2036

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!

Free Entry

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.

But geography is a science of facts; one cannot speculate from an armchair without the risk of making mistakes which are often corrected only at the expense of the sailors. Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, 1771.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the following individuals and organisations: Dr Edward Duyker OAM, FAHA; Anne Boillon, Consule Générale, Consulat Général de France à Sydney; Joël Hakim; The Friends of the Lapérouse Museum Inc.; the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA); John Mullen and the Silent World Foundation Museum, Thomas Creative; the artist Paul Mason.

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Last Updated: 30 March 2022
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