Explorations – No 26 Jun 1999

PATRICIA CLANCY, JACQUES DE SAINT-FERJEUX, COLIN THORNTON-SMITH, Foreword

IVAN BARKO, The Foundation and Early History of the Alliance française of Sydney

This history of the beginnings of the Alliance française of Sydney occupies the whole of no 26 of Explorations. The creation of the Sydney Alliance took place in two stages: a borrowing library sponsored by the Alliance française of Paris was set up by Georges Biard d’Aunet, the Consul General, in 1896. A fully-fledged Alliance was not established until 8th June 1899, still under the leadership of Biard d’Aunet, who became its foundation president. Led by Albert Pinard and Pierre Durieux the Alliance flourished but Pinard’s death introduced an unstable period. The long task of re-building the Alliance began in 1918, after the arrival of Chayet’s successor, C.R. Campana.

Keywords: Ivan Barko, Alliance française of Sydney, Georges Biard d’Aunet, Albert Pinard, Pierre Durieux, Alexandre Chayet, C.R. Campana