I hope I'm not abusing these these lists but I felt that the
following might be of some interest, particularly the seminar on 200
years of Change in Western Port on 13-14 April. (It's all non-profit)
Look forward to seeing some of you there.
Secretary, 'Le Naturaliste in Western Port' Bicentennial Committee
c/o 128 Highbury Road, BURWOOD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Ph: (03) 9808 9011 Fax: (03) 9888 7134
In April 1802 a party of explorers from Le Naturaliste, one of two
ships sent out to Australia by Napoleon Bonaparte as part of the
Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands led by
Nicolas Baudin, surveyed Western Port Bay. They met with the Bunurong
Aboriginals and charted and described the landscape and vegetation.
While the Southern part of Australia never became 'Terre Napoleon' as
shown on their first published maps, the Baudin Expedition was noted
for its artwork and the calibre of its scientific studies. These
explorers were the first to chart 'Isle des Francais' as an island
and it still retains the name 'French Island' in recognition of their
To mark the bicentennial of the visit, Dr Francoise Debard, a French
veterinarian who has completed a Masters degree on seals studied by
the 1802 Expedition is coming to Western Port. Francoise will be
working with local Western Port people in taking a retrospective look
at the Bay over the past 200 years and considering what the next 200
years might bring. Events include a re-enactment at Corinella,
wildlife tours on Phillip and French Island, a Commemorative Seminar
on 200 Years of Change in Western Port and placing plaques and time
capsules around the Bay.
7 April (Sunday) at 1:30 pm - Re-enactment/commemoration
French explorers in period dress, including Francoise in the persona
of botanist Theodore Leschenault and Thierry Roland as Captain
Pierre-Bernard Milius, will land their long boat at Corinella and
meet with the local inhabitants. The people, landscape and politics
of the day will be quite different than what their counterparts
described in their journals 200 years ago! A commemorative plaque
will be unveiled and a time capsule placed by French, Bunurong and
Australian community members. There is no need to book, environmental
walks and pioneer celebrations for the whole family will occur all
afternoon at Settlement Point, Corinella.
9 April (Tuesday) '200 years of sealing and seal watching on Phillip Island'.
As part of Sea Week. Dr Francoise Debard will join with the locals in
seal and wildlife watching on Phillip Island. Contact the Phillip
Island Nature Reserve for further information about Sea Week events.
11 April (Thursday) Plaque unveiling and tour of French Island
12.00noon Depart Stony Pt. on Inter-Island ferries,
12.15 pm Arrive French Island, conveniences, refreshments etc.
12.30 pm Tankerton - Official Speeches, plaque unveiling and
time capsule story
1.00 pm Commence Eco Tour (performed by Allan Chandler (aka Koala
Dundee) and/or Rod Johnston), koalas, birdlife, pioneer stories,
barge landing stop,
1.45 pm Arrive McLeod Eco Farm
2.00 pm Organic Lunch cooked by French chef Gilles Sarizin
and his Canadian wife, Melissa.
2.30 pm A short tour of farm and prison
3.30 pm Depart Eco Farm, continue Island Tour
4.30 pm Depart French Island
4.45 pm Approximate return time on the mainland.
Cost per person $38 Adults, $35 Concession, $24 child.
This special price includes: Coach or mini bus (community service
rate), morning tea, lunch and ferry.
Contact: Rod Johnston, French Island Eco-tours
13- 14 April (Weekend) Western Port Seminar- 200 years of Change -
see separate page. Key speakers include noted local and overseas
experts on the flora, fauna and history of Western Port.
Venue: The Old Shire Offices, corner of Sladen St and South Gippsland
Saturday 13 April 2002 8:30 Arrival, coffee & registration
9:00 Introduction - Susan Priestly
9:15 Environmental history - Don Garden
10:00 Aboriginal perspective - TBA
10:30 Morning tea
11;00 Why the French & British? - Pat Macwhirter
11:45 Artwork of the Baudin expedition - Elliott Forsyth
2:15 The French, the sea and the seals- 1802 - Francoise Debard
3:30 Afternoon tea
4:00 Marine mammals - 1802-2002 and beyond - Bob Warneke
4:45 Vision for Western Port - Discussion & summary - Susan Priestly
Sunday 14 April 2002
8:30 Arrival, coffee & registration
8:55 Introduction -Susan Priestly
9:00 Land mammals 1802-2002 and beyond -Michael Johnston
9:45 Plants 1802-2002 and beyond - Denis Cox
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Seagrass 1802-2002 and beyond - Andy Stephens
11:45 Weeds 1802-2002 and beyond - Wayne Hill
1:30 Birdlife 1802-2002 and beyond - Richard Loyn
2:30 Humans Changing Western Port - for Better or Worse?
- Phil Westwood, Judy Hassall, Francoise Debard, Denis Cox
3:30 Afternoon tea
4:00 Western Port 1802->2002->2202 Summing up - Susan Priestly
Payment: Saturday ($25/$20 con) $_______
Sunday ($25/$20 con) $_______
Proceedings ($20) $_______ (To be published following
Cheques should be made out to SEHA (South Eastern Historical Association Inc)
Please forward your completed registration form and full payment to:
Fax: 03 9733 2236
Mail: PO Box 2362
Receipts will be available on the day. Bookings - please note full
payment is required on arrival at the Seminar.
Before 2 April 9787 5136 (Phil Harris)
After 2 April 9725 7312 or 0418 858 212 (Helen Armitage)
Or Peninsula Information Centre
Phone 5987 3078 ( if calling from Mornington Peninsula) or 1800 804
009 ( if calling from elsewhere)
19 April - Plaque and time capsule unveiling, Hastings.
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