The French Australian Review – No 57 Australian Summer 2014–2015

IVAN BARKO, Foreword

COLIN NETTELBECK, French-Australian Relations – Towards an Historical Perspective

The author argues the need for the construction of a full-scale historical overview of French-Australian relations. In analysing a broad range of the achievements of French-Australian studies as a field of scholarship, it sketches out some of the areas where work still needs to be undertaken, and proposes some general structures to guide the development of the synthesis.

Keywords: French voyages of discovery in the Pacific, French presence in Australia, migration, relationship through trade, diplomacy, Alliance Française, academic study, arts and culture

MARGARET SANKEY, Mirroring the Archives – the Writing of Australian History and the Baudin Expedition

Using her expertise as one of the leaders of the Baudin Legacy Project, the author recounts the history of work on both British and French archival material relevant to Australian history. The use of digital technology has expanded the availability of archival resources to researchers in this country and elsewhere.

Keywords: archival resources, Baudin expedition, Comte Alphonse de Fleurieu, Société de Géographie, Joint Copying Project, Baudin Legacy Project, microfilm, digitization, Archives Nationales

THIERRY VINCENT, The Charles-Alexandre Lesueur Special Collections Before, During and After the Second World War

This article focusses on one of the most significant components of the archives of the Baudin expedition, namely the invaluable Lesueur special collections, and tells the story of their fate before, during and after the Second World War.

Keywords: Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, Baudin expedition, Muséum d’histoire naturelle of Le Havre, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Paris), World War II

CLAIRE EDWARDS and KERRY MULLAN, Migration of Young French Professionals to Australia

This article presents the results of a research project on the reactions of young French professionals in Australia on a working visa to their new surroundings. The project explores both the economic outcome of their venture and the psychological aspects of their integration, or lack of it, into the Australian working environment.

Keywords: economic migration, lifestyle, liveability, workplace culture, working holiday visas, Temporary Work (skilled) visas

STEPHEN ALOMES, Le Mal napoléonien and the Global Malaise. A Jospin Festival in Melbourne

This article reflects on former French socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin’s visit to Australia in December 2014 and his recently published book, Le Mal napoléonien.

Keywords: Lionel Jospin, Paul Keating, Napoléon’s myth and legacy, Tom Nairn, European imperialism, political disengagement, the legacy of the Enlightenment.

MARGARET SANKEY, The State Visit to Australia of the French President, François Hollande

A report on the first French presidential visit to this country in November 2014, by François Hollande, focusing on his visit to Sydney and the lunch held in his honour at Kirribilli House.

Keywords: François Hollande, G20 meeting in Brisbane, French businesses in Australia, relationship between France and Australia

PATRICIA CLANCY, Pierre Ryckmans, China Specialist, Public Intellectual and Author of a Minor Literary Masterpiece

PATRICIA CLANCY, Colin Thornton-Smith, a Scholar of French Language and Literature, Astralian Catholicism and French-Australian History


Michael Pembroke, Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Edward Duyker, Dumont d’Urville: Explorer & Polymath, reviewed by John Dunmore

Paul de Pierres, Allies Forever / Alliés pour toujours: A record of war service by Frenchmen and Belgians from Australia, note by Elaine Lewis

Ben McCann, Ripping Open the Set: French Film Design, 1930–1939 (New Studies in European Cinema), note by John Emerson

ELAINE LEWIS, French-Australian Bibliographical Notes

Explorations – No 49 Part II Dec 2010

EDWARD DUYKER, An Explorer’s Books: The Library of Dumont d’Urville
EDWARD DUYKER, Dumont d’Urville’s Library: The Notarial Inventories

This is a major investigation of Dumont d’Urville’s library. The analytical study is followed by an exhaustive inventory of Dumont d’Urville’s books compiled by the author who is currently completing a biography of the explorer.

Keywords: Dumont d’Urville, French explorer, library, Archives nationales, notarial inventories

EDOUARD MORNAUD, Centre Intermondes at La Rochelle

This note by a former Director of the Alliance Française in Melbourne deals with cultural exchanges between Melbourne and La Rochelle in France.

Keywords: Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, international cultural exchanges, Daniel Keene, Marie-Jeanne Hoffner, Stephen Garrett, Laith McGregor

MARCEL ROPERT, My Eight Years in Melbourne

This note recounts the personal experiences of the author who spent eight years Melbourne between 1958 and 1968, in the French Department of the University of Melbourne.

Keywords: University of Melbourne, Alliance Française of Melbourne, Professor Jeffrey Jackson

Explorations – No 48 Jun 2010

IVAN BARKO, Foreword

KATIA MENGLET & COLIN NETTELBECK, Conflict or Symbiosis? The Alliance Française de Melbourne and French Cultural Policy since 1980

This article recounts the developments over the last two or three decades in the life and activities of the Melbourne Alliance Française, and the connection between these developments and French cultural policies at large.

Keywords: professionalization, governance structures, French cultural policy, François Mitterand, Jack Lang, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, French Film Festival, cultural partnership and exchange

MARGOT RILEY, Fashioned from Fleece: Australian Wool and French Haute Couture

The author, a fashion historian, focusses in this article on Sydney and on the connection between the Australian wool industry and the introduction of French haute couture to Australia.

Keywords: wool buyers, French textile manufacturers, haute couture industry, French fashion salons in Sydney, Dior collection shown at David Jones

MICHAEL SHIRREFS, Adventures with an Atlas: Rediscovering the French Government’s Gift of Books to Melbourne in 1880

This account by Michael Shirrefs, a broadcaster, printmaker and composer, describes his re-discovery in the State Library of Victoria of a substantial collection of maps and books donated in 1880 by the French Government to the people of Melbourne. The gift of this half-forgotten collection was made to the Melbourne Public Library, the predecessor of today’s State Library, on the occasion of the 1880-1881 Melbourne International Exhibition.

Keywords: State Library of Victoria, Atlas des anciens plans de Paris, Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-1881, Archives nationales, Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris (BHVP), Jules Belcour (Consul General in 1880-1881)

Jane Turner Goldsmith, Poinciana, reviewed by Peter Brown
Paul Wenz, En époussetant la mappemonde, notes by Elaine Lewis
ELAINE LEWIS, French-Australian Bibliographical Notes