Cruising Division 'Early French Explorers'
'The Early French Maritime Exploration of Nouvelle Hollande' with Andrew Phippen
' The goal of this talk is to challenge what might be your preconceived ideas about the French nation’s involvement with early Australia,' writes our presenter Andrew Phippen.
'There were five major, well equipped maritime expeditions to Nouvelle Hollande from France during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Each of these bold endeavours made major contributions to our understanding of the flora, fauna and geography of Australia.
'I will examine each of these voyages in some minor detail. I will also look at what might be the first European contact - and it is neither a Dutchman nor a Portuguese.
'I hope to surprise you with the skills, ability, attitude and commitment of these men as they added hugely to the knowledge of our continent often at significant cost in human terms, and at a time when the French nation was undergoing huge change at home.
'This is a story of sacrifice, skill and a showcase of the “enlightenment” with a little 'liberty, equality and fraternity' thrown in, not to mention plotting, spying and a little Gallic skulduggery!
'I hope the audience will leave with a broader understanding of the early French Explorers and their undoubted achievements.'
About Andrew Phippen, ANMM
Andrew started his professional life as a mineral and engineering geologist, but has spent over 30 years working for major Information Technology and Telecommunications companies, in sales and marketing. For the last 10 years of his career he consulted to Australian companies in the export of their unique technologies to telecommunications companies around the world.
Andrew is happily retired now and is a volunteer guide at the Australian National Maritime Museum and was a volunteer crew member of the James Craig. Andrew and his wife have a sailing catamaran in which they enjoy escaping. They have sailed three times from Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands and back, and can highly recommend it.
(The painting above depicts the French explorer La Perouse explaining to King Louis XVI his planned expedition to Nouvelle Hollande.)
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.
Online bookings close at 12pm on the day of the event. Please book via Reception after this time 9955 7171.