Explorations – No 25 Dec 1998

(issued May 1999)


ROLLON MOUCHEL-BLAISOT, Address to Annual Dinner ISFAR, 31 July 1998 by M. Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot, Consul General for France

M. Mouchel-Blaisot speaks enthusiastically of the World Cup and the Tour de France: ‘two great sporting events and their meaning for both France and Australia’. Amongst other observations he emphasises their importance in the world-wide promotion of France as a highly technological country with a competitive economy.

Keywords: Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot, 1998 Annual Dinner ISFAR, World Cup, Tour de France.

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE, Contents of Explorations from No 1, May 1985 to No 25, December 1998 (Issued May 1999)


Jacqueline Dyer, Flanders in Australia – A Personal History of Wool and War, reviewed by Ken Bradshaw

Patricia Clancy & Jeanne Allen (ed. & trans.), The French Consul’s Wife: Memoirs of Celeste de Chabrillan in gold-rush Australia, reviewed by Edward Duyker

Explorations – No 24 Jun 1998

(issued April 1999)


ROLLON MOUCHEL-BLAISOT, A Tribute to the French Film Festival: Cannes Film Festival Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective.

In 1997, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, twelve outstanding French films were showcased at the festival and these were subsequently made available to the Alliance Française of Adelaide, who organised a Retrospective at the Mercury Cinema Adelaide in June 1998. The text of the opening speech (A Tribute to the French Film Festival), by the Consul General for France, Rollon Michel-Blaisot, is available here.

Keywords: Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot, Cannes Film Festival 50th Anniversary, Retrospective, Mercury Cinema Adelaide.

C.B. THORNTON-SMITH, The Delamotte Phenomenon — Cultural Reciprocity

The story of Monique and Jean-Paul Delamotte, who established the Association Culturelle Franco-Australienne (ACFA) and the related Atelier Littéraire Franco-Australien (ALFA), with its publishing house Éditions La Petite Maison. The author pays tribute to the invaluable work they have done in promoting Australian writing in France.

Keywords: C.B. Thornton-Smith, Jean-Paul Delamotte, Association Culturelle Franco-Australienne (ACFA), Atelier Littéraire Franco-Australien (ALFA), Éditions La Petite Maison.

JEAN-PAUL DELAMOTTE, Reciprocity — for John Rowland, In Memoriam, The Inaugural Kelver Hartley Fellowship Address by Dr Jean-Paul Delamotte AM

A summary of two speeches made by Jean-Paul Delamotte in Newcastle and Sydney in 1997 when he was the Inaugural Kelver Hartley Fellow. The speaker pays tribute to the ‘French-Australian Cultural Connection’ and the many examples of reciprocity Delamotte found when he lived in Australia during the mid-seventies and reflects upon the work of French/Australian grazier and writer, Paul Wenz.

Keywords: Jean-Paul Delamotte, reciprocity, Newcastle University, Kelver Hartley, Ken Dutton, Paul Wenz, John Rowland.


Jean-Paul Delamotte, Un dimanche a Melbourne. Conte franco-australien reviewed by Patricia Clancy