Explorations – No 45 Dec 2008

IVAN BARKO, Foreword

ADRIAN MITCHELL, ‘A Bit of a Froggie’: George Collingridge de Tourcey in a Different Light

This is a study of George Collingridge, a Sydney author and artist of English birth and French upbringing, and his role in the cultural life of Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. He made major contributions to the arts and the study of exploration in the Pacific.

Keywords: exploration in the Pacific, French cultural identity, multiculturalism, The Discovery of Australia, influence of Corot

ERIC BOUVET, Promoting Migration to Australia in France in the 1960s

This study is based on archival material collected in Australia and information published in the French press. It sketches the way that migration to Australia was publicised in France in the 1960s in spite of the French government’s reluctance to allow its citizens to emigrate. Interest was strong, partly due to the schemes of assisted migration.

Keywords: Migration Office at the Australian Embassy in Paris, General Assisted Passage Scheme, 1945 exhibition ‘Australia in Peace and War’, French government attitude to emigration

COLIN NETTELBECK, A Conversation with Wallace Kirsop

This is a dialogue between two of the founders of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations (ISFAR), in the form of an interview of Wallace Kirsop by Colin Nettelbeck. It features the recollections of Explorations’ outgoing Editor of the beginnings of the journal and some of the highlights of its almost quarter of a century history as well as his personal reminiscences of his own interest in French-Australian connections.

Keywords: Wallace Kirsop, ISFAR, Explorations

ELAINE LEWIS, French-Australian Bibliographical Notes

Marie-Paule Leroux, A Frog in the Billabong: A French Woman in Tasmania, translated by Sabine Bouladon and Valerie Barnes, reviewed by Margaret Barrett

Alison Patience and Sally Matheson, Finding France in Australia, book note by Elaine Lewis