Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc.


About Us

The Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc. is a community organisation dedicated to the preservation of the Bicentennial Gift from the Australian French community by way of the Laperouse Museum commemorating the voyage of Jean-François de Galaup Comte de Lapérouse. 
The Laperouse voyage of discovery aimed to complete the charting of the Pacific Ocean's lands commenced by Captain James Cook.

The Friends' office is located within the historic Cable Station complex that houses the Laperouse Museum. We are a key stakeholder and active member of Randwick Council's La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust - represented by our President Carol Abela.



"First contacts: the Australian Aborigines and the artwork of the Baudin expedition”

The French scientific expedition, commissioned by Bonaparte and captained by Nicolas Baudin, left Le Havre in October 1800 in the Géographe and the Naturaliste. There were 22 scientists on board and their main brief was to collect zoological, botanical and geological specimens and to map the coastlines of  New Holland (Australia).  The scientists also received instructions to study the Aboriginal inhabitants and both to collect information about their way of life, and to make drawings of them as data for the emerging science of anthropology. The drawings executed by the artists of the expedition,  Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, are a precious record from that early period of the Indigenous people of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and Sydney (Port Jackson).”   Saturday May 11 at 2.00 PM to be delivered by Emerita Professor Margaret Sankey.

Northern Wing of the La Perouse Museum and open to members and friends. Refreshments will be served after the lecture - cost $5 pp payable at door.

RSVP to friendsofthelaperousemuseum@gmail.com or by text or voice mail to 0487 638 626.

Nicolas Baudin was selected by Bonaparte in October 1800  to lead what has become known as the Baudin expedition to map the coast of Australia (New Holland). He had two ships, Géographe and Naturaliste.  Nicolas Baudin left Le Havre on 19th October, 1800 and reached Australia in May 1801. He would explore and map the western coast and a part of the little-known southern coast of the continent, then going on to spend several months in the English colony of Port Jackson (Sydney) before returning to France.

‘vanikoro: final resting place of Laperouse” Monday 13 may 2019; state library of nsw 5.30PM. presented by Mr John mullen, chairman of telstra; chairman of the national national maritime museum foundation and director of silent world foundation.

Organised by The Laperouse Albi-France Association. RSVP by 30 April (acceptances only) joelhakim7@gmail.com


Friday 12 April 2019      7pm - 8:30pm (cafe opens at 6pm) 

La Perouse Museum, 1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse - Limited tickets are available.

 Evolving in the 1800s in the bars of Paris, Cabaret is a decidedly French invention. A casual and intimate theatrical form enabling a bouillabaisse of performances where audience and performer share the space. 

Cost: Single tickets $20. Family Group tickets $60 (2 adults and 2 children between 5 and 12 years of age. Please note, the age criteria will be strictly applied).

Ticketing available: Randwick Council

300 YEARS of FRENCH MUSIC and ART:  a performance and talk by Scott Davie

Saturday 27 April 2019       1:30pm – 3pm

La Perouse Museum Anzac Parade La Perouse -   Book Tickets:  $10 pp via Eventbrite


Phone: 0487 638 626 (Please leave message only - phone not attended).

PO Box 475
Matraville NSW 2036



Join us.

The Friends of the laperouse Museum rely on their membership and volunteers being a 100 per cent voluntary community based association. Joining us is easy, simply download the Application Form and send it back with your payment to:
Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc.
PO Box 475

Membership for 2018/19 are:
Single $30.00
Family $50.00
Concession Single $25.00