Explorations – No 21 Dec 1996

(issued February 2000)


WALLACE KIRSOP, Mme Juliette Henry Writes to Félix Faure

The author examines Madame Henry’s fraught relationship with the then Consul-General of Australia, Biard d’Aunet, outlined in her letter of complaint to the President of the Republic, Felix Faure. These letters are printed here in full and with the rest of the dossier, now held at the Quai d’Orsay, ‘leave no doubt that what she was doing was very much like the programmes of the Alliance Française’ (not then established in Sydney), through her Cercle Littéraire Français.

Keywords: Juliette Henry, Biard d’Aunet, Felix Faure, Alliance Française, Cercle Littéraire Français in Sydney

JULIETTE HENRY, La Fête de notre directrice : comédie en deux actes composé pour le Ladies’ College, Hobart 1892, Sydney, Imprimerie de M. M. Murray.

The script in French of this ‘slight play written for performance by Hobart schoolgirls’, one of the many cultural enterprises of Madame Juliette Henry.

Keywords: French play, La Fête de notre directrice, Juliette Henry.


Kenneth Dutton and Denis Rowe eds, A Swiss Settler in Australia: The Diary of Etienne Bordier 1849-1851, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Jim Davidson, Lyrebird Rising: Louise Hanson-Dyer of Oiseau-Lyre 1884-1962, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop