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Tomb of Pere le Receveur

Item details

Name of item: Tomb of Pere le Receveur
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Cemeteries and Burial Sites
Category: Mausoleum/Tomb/Funeral Vault/Ossario
Primary address: 1540 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW 2036
Local govt. area: Randwick
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1540 Anzac ParadeLa PerouseRandwick  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Pere Le Receveur Tomb is an item of State cultural heritage significance value as a symbol of the association with the La Perouse expedition and the Roman Catholic Church in Australia. Pere Le Receveur, a Franciscan monk and naturalist on the La Perouse expedition died and was buried at La Perouse in 1788. He is credited with performing the first Roman Catholic mass in Australia. The tomb constructed in 1828 is a monument that was prompted by Bougainville and the tradition of pilgrimage to the La Perouse headland by visiting French national and by the local French community that was already strong by the early 1800s. it is the first European grave in the region and is associated with the colourful and tragic history of the la Perouse expedition. The grave itself is unexceptional.
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Physical description: The Tomb of pere Le Receveur consists of a painted stone tomb structure surrounded by two rectilinear wall enclosures. The Tomb has a pebble bed immediately around the structure, contained by a low concrete wall. Beyond a band of lawn, the Tomb is further enclosed by another concrete wall which supports a metal fence approximately 1m. high.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 1998 - Sch330126 Jun 98 975020
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 2012I16715 Feb 13   

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Database number: 2310300

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