Explorations – No 42 Jun 2007


ERIC BOUVET & ELIZABETH BOUDET-GRIFFIN, French Migration to South Australia (1955-1971)

In this demographic study the authors provide a concise but comprehensive summary of historical patterns in French migration to Australia at the national level. This is followed by a detailed analysis of data obtained from the Adelaide Branch of the National Archives of Australia, on French migrants who arrived in South Australia between 1955 and 1971.

Keywords: migration, former French colonies in North Africa, May 1968, assisted passage, Alien Registration documents

HORRIE POUSSARD, Horace Remi Poussard: 19th Century Travelling Violonist

This article, by his great grandson, recounts the life of the violinist Horace Poussard, who came to Australia in 1861 and spent many years in Australia teaching, performing and working with other Australian and French musicians.

Keywords: Horace Poussard, Paris Conservatoire, René Douay, Florence Beverley, ‘The Dead Heroes’ (a musical poem), Louise Félicie, Jean (stage name Lottie Montal), Alice Charbonnet-Kellerman

WALLACE KIRSOP, Australian Artists in France

In this note the author reviews an exhibition on the theme of The Long Weekend: Australian Artists in Paris 1918-1939, held at the Bendigo Art Gallery in 2007-2008. A printed catalogue with a preface by the Gallery’s Director, Karen Quinlan

Keywords: Bendigo Art Gallery, Australian artists in Paris

WALLACE KIRSOP, The Huguenot Society of Australia

The purpose of this is to acquaint readers with the existence of the recently formed Huguenot Society of Australia and its publications. Reference is also made to other reference works on the Huguenots and the history of French protestantism which are available in Australia.

Keywords: Huguenots, Huguenot Times, Protestantism, Société de l’Histoire du Protestantisme français

WALLACE KIRSOP, Paul Wenz and Forbes

The author recounts his two visits, in 1994 and 2007 respectively, to Forbes, a major rural centre in NSW, with strong French-Australian connections, where French-Australian writer Paul Wenz and his wife owned a property. The note also contains information on Wenz-related material held in the Forbes Public Library.

Keywords: Paul Wenz, Erica C. Wolff, Joseph Bernard Reymond, Merrill Findlay, Paul WEnz Society


Wilga M. Rivers, Down Under/Up Top: Creating a Life, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Katherine Barnes, The Higher Self in Christopher Brennan’s Poems: Esotericism, Romanticism, Symbolism, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Christine Morrow, Une abominable époque: journal d’une Australienne en France 1940-1941, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Laurel Clark, F. F. Baillière, Publisher in Ordinary, Publisher Extraordinary, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Explorations – No 13 Dec 1992


EDWARD DUYKER, The First French in Australia: the Soldiers of the Batavia 1629

The author reconstructs the role that eight French soldiers played in the story of the Batavia’s foundering off the coast of Western Australia and the subsequent mutiny from translations of Francisco Pelsaert’s journals, included in Henrietta Drake-Brockman’s Voyage to Disaster: The Life of Francisco Pelsaert.

Keywords: Batavia, Francisco Pelsaert, Huguenots, mutineers

EDWARD DUYKER, Josselin and Alexandre Le Corre: Early French Voyagers to Van Dieman’s Land and New Holland

The author details the seafaring lives of two Frenchmen, father and son, who both sailed into Australian waters on different expeditions in the second half of the eighteenth century. The article offers insights into the class system that determined rank in the French navy and the extent of French merchant shipping in the Indian Ocean at the time.

Keywords: Josselin Le Corre, Alexandre Le Corre, French navy, French merchant shipping, 18th century, Saint Malo, anti-corsair operations, Isle de France (Mauritius)

COLETTE REDDIN, Apropos of the 1984 Interview with J.G. Cornell

The author, on reading C.W. Nettelbeck’s interview with J.G. Cornell in Explorations no 12 (June 1992), was inspired to write up some of her own reminiscences of the period covered in the interview. These reminiscences are meant to complement Professor Cornell’s memory of people and events, and occasionally to correct inaccurate details or spellings of names. The author and her family were active participants in the cultural and social life of the Melbourne French community between the two wars and after the Second World War.

Keywords: J.G.Cornell, Albertine Gay, Marguerite Cockerton, René Vanderkelen, René Turck, Mr and Mrs William Mortill, Ballets Russes, Professor Belz.

WALLACE KIRSOP, Despair in the Antipodes

This article recounts the life and sad ending of a Mr Charles F. d’Aloustel, a Frenchman who came to Melbourne during the gold rush and subsequently became a teacher. He was charged of inappropriate behaviour towards the female pupils and decided to end his life rather than suffer the ongoing opprobrium.

Keywords: Charles d’Aloustel, French expatriates, suicide, auction of books, Guillaume Billiet, wine merchant, Aristide Dellas, teacher.


Françoise Lionnet and Ronnie Scharfman, Post-Colonial Conditions: Exiles, Migrations, and Nomadism, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Barry York, “Immigration Restriction, 1901-1957”, Studies in Australian Ethnic History, n° 1, 1992, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Anne Salmond, Two Worlds: First Meetings Between Maori and Europeans, 1642-1772, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Philippe Masson & Michel Vergé-Fianceschi, La France et la mer au siècle des grandes découvertes, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Susan Radvansky & Patricia Alsop, eds, Twixt Heather and Wattle. The First Minute Book of the Australian Literature Society, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop

Hélène Richard, Une grande expédition scientifique au temps de la Révolution françalse: le voyage de d’Entrecasteaux à la recherche de Lapérouse, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop