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The French in Australia

1797 laPerouse mapHello everyone, that the “Frenchy” speaking for you about the French community in Australia…

To begin, a short history of French in Australia… back to January 1788 with the arrival of La Perouse expedition in Botanic Bay. La Perouse left the French port of Brest in August 1785 and headed south. In the next 2 and a half years, La Boussole and L’Astrolabe would sail many thousands of kilometres and cross the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans several times. Then since this expédition French people have been living in Australia.

The Consulate General of France estimates that the French community of Australia comprised 70 000 people in 2006. Of these, 55 000 (mostly dual nationals) were not registered at the Consulate General. In addition, more than 6 000 young French people are currently visiting Australia as part of the Working Holiday Visa program. Continue reading