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La Perouse Memorial

Item details

Name of item: La Perouse Memorial
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Monuments and Memorials
Category: Memorials
Primary address: 1544 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW 2036
Local govt. area: Randwick
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1544 Anzac ParadeLa PerouseRandwick  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The cultural heritage value of the La Perouse Monument is as a symbol of the La Perouse Expedition that is associated with the ongoing relationship between France and Australia, which is an intangible value of State and to a lesser extent national, significance value.

The loss of the La Perouse expedition in the Pacific drew the attention of French mariners to their last known anchorage and it became a site of pilgrimage to monuments erected in the memory of the expedition. The funding of the French monument proposed by Bougainville during has 1825 expedition to the South Pacific was an intensely personal expression of the regard for the La Perouse Expedition held by the officers of the French expedition ships, who collected money among themselves to raise the monument. The inclusion of the mariner’s astrolabe at the top of the monument is a reference to the name of La Perouse’s ship- The Astrolabe.

The La Perouse monuments and Pere Le Receveur’s grave have come to be recognised as symbols of French/Australian goodwill that continues to be celebrated at the headland with annual events as well as a tradition of visits from French sea captains bearing the gift of their ships plaques.
Date significance updated: 03 Sep 18
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Physical description: The La Perouse Monument consists of an approximately 8m high stone obelisk on a stone base surrounded by two wall enclosures. A raised pebble bed is contained by the inner low retaining wall. Surrounding this is a pebbled pathway, trimmed by low concrete edging. The pathway is surrounded by a lawn bed which in turn is bounded by a low wall which supports a metal fence. Fixed to the top of the obelisk is a brass model of an astrolabe.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 1998 - Sch330026 Jun 98 975020
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 2012I16915 Feb 13   

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Database number: 2310299

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