Explorations – No 39 Dec 2005

(issued June 2006)

IVAN BARKO, Foreword

KENNETH R. DUTTON, A Colonial Entrepreneur: François Girard (1792?-1859)

Kenneth Dutton’s substantial paper is devoted to the life of François Girard, an early French settler and successful businessman in New South Wales. His activities centered on Sydney and the Northern Rivers. As was the case with so many of his contemporaries, Girard’s business career was not without tribulations, thus illustrating the volatility of conditions in the young colony. The Girard story was going to be told jointly by Professor Dutton and Harry Morris, a descendant of François Girard, who at the time was working on a family history, but sadly Harry Morris passed away early during the project and so this study is dedicated to his memory.

Keywords: François Girard, French settler, New South Wales, colony, Harry Morris

EDWARD DUYKER, Uncovering Jean Piron: In Search of d’Entrecasteaux’s Artist

Edward Duyker’s study of Jean Piron, the artist with d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition in the closing decade of the eighteenth century, follows his biography of the naturalist Labillardiere. This article will appear almost simultaneously with Francois Péron — An Impetuous Life: Naturalist and Voyager, an important and much-awaited study for the Miegunyah Press of one of the senior figures of the Baudin expedition. The Piron article is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the life and achievements of an artist who is insufficiently known as well as an object lesson in archival research.

Keywords: Jean Piron, d’Entrecasteaux expedition, Labillardière, Baudin expedition, eighteenth century.


Kerry Greenwood, Murder in Montparnasse, reviewed by John Ramslan

Explorations – No 37 Dec 2004

(issued October 2005)

IVAN BARKO, Foreword

EDWARD DUYKER, A French Garden in Tasmania: the Legacy of Felix Delahaye (1767-1829)

This special issue of Explorations is devoted to the debate around the recent discovery of what is believed
to be the vestiges of the garden planted in Recherche Bay, Tasmania, in 1792 by Felix Delahaye, the gardener of the d’Entrecasteaux expedition. This article is the backbone of the issue. It focuses on Felix Delahaye, the gardener, his role in the expedition and his relationship with the botanist Labillardiere, to whom Dr Duyker has recently devoted a major biographical study.

Keywords: Felix Delahaye, d’Entrecasteaux expedition, Recherche Bay, Botany, Labillardiere

EDWARD DUYKER, Introductory Comments…

This text provides information about the proposal to log parts of Recherche Bay in Tasmania, and the 2003
discovery of the presumed site of a garden planted during the first visit of d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition in 1792 and Delahaye’s account of the trip.

Keywords: Logging, Felix Delahaye, d’Entrecasteaux expedition, Recherche Bay, botany.

MARYSE DUYKER, Transcription du journal de Félix Delahaye en Terre de Van Diemen (Tasmanie) 1792 et l793

MARYSE DUYKER, Translation of Félix Delahaye’s 1792 and 1793 Journals in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

Explorations – No 36 Jun 2004

(issued March 2005)


ALISTAIR HURST, A Tribute to Judith Robinson-Valéry

The impetus for this personal and professional tribute is the fortieth anniversary of Judith Robinson-Valéry’s appointment to the new Chair of French at the University of New South Wales in 1963, which provides an opportune moment to record both her own distinguished career and the development of a different tradition of training at the University.

Keywords: Judith Robinson-Valéry, Chair of French, University of New South Wales, Judith Ogilvie White

WALLACE KIRSOP, Edward Duyker, or the Achievements of Independent Scholarship

An homage to the scholarly work of faithful Explorations collaborator Edward Duyker of the University of Sydney on the publication of Citizen Labillardiere: a Naturalist’s Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755-1834) (2003) being awarded the New South Wales Premier’s General History Prize.

Keywords: Edward Duyker, New South Wales Premier’s General History Prize, independent scholarship, Labillardiere

WALLACE KIRSOP, Traditions: Tyranny and Freedom

A printed reproduction of the talk delivered on 5 December 199 at the seventieth anniversary commemoration of the foundation of the McCaughey Chair of French in the University of Sydney. The
incoming successor in 1991 in the McCaughey line, Angus Martin, was then leaving a personal Chair of French at Macquarie University.

Keywords: McCaughey Chair of French, Sydney University, Angus Martin, Chair of French, Macquarie University.


Sarah Turnbull, Almost French: A New Life in Paris, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Victor Barker (ed.), Paris Studio: Contemporary Writing by Fourteen Australian Authors who Lived, for a While, in Paris, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Marc Serge Rivière (ed.), Daisy in Exile: The Diary of an Australian Schoolgirl in France (1887-1889), reviewed by Edward Duyker

Margaret Allen, Catherine Martin’s Library, with a List of the Books, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop