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LA PEROUSE MUSEUM – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

August 15, 2016

LA PEROUSE MUSEUM – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Housed in a heritage building at La Perouse in Sydney’s south, the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse.

La Perouse Museum is located on Kamay Botany Bay National Park’s northern headland. The museum is housed within the historic Cable Station building, once Australia’s only link to the rest of the world. The La Perouse Monument is located nearby.

The Museum opened in 1988 and tells the story of the La Perouse expedition, its arrival in Botany Bay in 1788 and encounter with the First Fleet, and eventual shipwreck in the Solomon Islands. Through  a program of changing temporary exhibitions, the museum also looks at the Aboriginal, environmental and local history of La Perouse.

The collection contains nearly 2,000 items, relating to either the La Perouse expedition, French 18th-century maritime navigation, the Cable Station building itself, or local history.

One of the most significant collection items is a complete Atlas of the Voyage of Laperouse, consisting of 72 coloured drawings and maps, featuring places the expedition visited between 1785 and 1788.

There is also, an exhibition about the history of the famous snake shows and snakemen at La Perouse.

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Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni d’Entrecasteaux (8 November 1737 – 21 July 1793) was a French naval officer, explorer and colonial governor. He is perhaps best known for his exploration of the Australian coast in 1792, while searching for the La Pérouse expedition.

 

 

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LA PEROUSE MUSEUM – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – LA PEROUSE MONUMENT – Commemorates French navigator Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse, whose two ships entered Botany Bay and anchored on the northern side of the Bay shortly after the arrival of the First Fleet in January 1788. A week after the expedition landed, Pere Receveur, a Franciscan monk who was travelling as a scientist aboard L Astrolabe, died from spear wounds received in Samoa two months earlier when a landing party was attacked by natives. La Perouse s ships left the area on 11 March 1788, never to be seen or heard of again. Receveur s grave, and the name of nearby Frenchmans Bay, recall the visit of this ill-fated expedition. The aboriginal name for the locality was Bunnerong.

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LA PEROUSE MUSEUM – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA    –    FRONT PAGE OF THE ATLAS

 

 

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SNAKE SHOW EXHIBITION

A new exhibition about the history of the famous snake shows and snakemen at La Perouse has opened at the Laperouse Museum, and some invited guests include real live snakes!

For nearly 100 years, the snake shows at La Perouse have lured and fascinated visitors to the area, and are still a significant local history story and tourist attraction.

The exhibition features the collection of John Cann, the recently retired local snakeman of La Perouse.

Some of the items on show include snake bags, snake skins, snake handling tools, and snake bite kits belonging to the Cann family, as well as items owned by the early snake handlers of La Perouse, such as Profesor Fred Fox, the first snakeshow operator at La Perouse.

On display is a considerable collection of amazing historical photographs of the snake shows and archival film footage.

 

 

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PHOTOS;

LEONARD EPSTEIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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