Explorations – No 55 Australian Summer 2013-2014


IVAN BARKO, The Alliance Française of Sydney between the Two World Wars: A Study in Leadership

In contrast to the Melbourne Alliance, no archives of the Sydney Alliance (either local, including Australian libraries, or at the Paris headquarters) have survived for the period under consideration. The author’s main source for this history was the holdings of the French-language weekly Le Courrier australien which, between 1899 and 1937, described itself as the ‘organ of the Committee of the Alliance Française and the Chamber of Commerce’. Other sources include newspaper articles and correspondence.

Keywords: Alliance Française of Sydney, Alfred Wunderlich, Paul Bonnet, leadership

MARIA CHISARI, Dual Nationality in France and Australia: Recent Debates on Social Cohesion and Civic Values

This article presents an historical analysis of the debates and events that have put into the spotlight the notion of dual nationality in contemporary France and provides a comparative analysis with recent reforms to citizenship laws in Australia.

Keywords: national identity, citizenship, immigration, Nicolas Sarkozy, the Front National, Goasguen Report, civic education, Australian Values Statement, Australian Citizenship Council, Marine Le Pen, football

JACQUES BIRNBERG, A Cultural Mediator Who Took Innovation from Australia to France: Roger Maurice Armand Laufer 1928–2011, Obituary

WALLACE KIRSOP, Scholar of French Poetry over Three Continents: James Ronald Lawler 1929–2013, Obituary

KERRY MULLAN, The Melbourne Salons 2013

The other Napoleon: the extravagant gas-lit Second Empire of Napoleon III, presented by David Hood with assistance from Carl Ridgeway (April 2013)
A City of Love and a terre sauvage: French Dreams, Australian Dreams, by Stephen Alomes, and Sarah Turnbull in conversation with Elaine Lewis (July 2013)
Colette’s France: Her lives, her loves, by Jane Gilmour in conversation with Elaine Lewis (October 2013)

A note about the three ISFAR events held in Melbourne in 2013


Nicole Starbuck, Baudin, Napoleon and the Exploration of Australia, reviewed by Margaret Sankey

Jane Gilmour, Colette’s France: her lives, her loves, reviewed by Patricia Clancy

Valérie Benghezal, Olivia Lau, Georges-Goulven Le Cam et al., Jetlag Stories: Australie (French Edition), reviewed by Colin Nettelbeck

EMUE, a French publishing house based in Melbourne: French books on the move, note by Elaine Lewis

ELAINE LEWIS, French-Australian Bibliographical Notes

Explorations – No 26F Jul 1999

(French language edition)


IVAN BARKO, La Fondation et les débuts de l’Alliance française de Sydney

A second special number of Explorations to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the Alliance française of Sydney. Issue 26F consists mainly of a modified version, in French, of Ivan Barko’s article on the early years of the Alliance française of Sydney, published in Explorations No 26. This is not a literal translation — the text has been re-written with French readers in mind.

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

Explorations – No 26 Jun 1999


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