French Memorial

French Memorial, Cottesloe, public art

Public art: French Memorial plaque

Description: The French Memorial is a bronze plaque set in a granite rock approximately 5ft high and 3ft wide.

Date Unveiled: The French Memorial was unveiled on the 1st November 1979 by the then Ambassador of France, M.Pierre Carrund, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the settlement of Western Australia.

Location: The memorial is located near the Cottesloe Surf Club and the Indiana Tea House on Marine Parade, Cottesloe, Western Australia.


A French survey vessel under Lieutenant Cammander Milius was cast ashore on the beach near this spot on the morning of 19th June, 1801.
CAPTAIN HAMELIN of the Naturaliste, which was anchored between Rottnest and Swanbourne, sent Lieutenant Cammander Milius to survey Carnac Island and Garden Island on 18th June while Francois Heirisson was surveying the Swan River.
On the way back to the Naturaliste Milius' party ran into a north west gale and was cast ashore.
The survey party took the opportunity to survey around the Cottesloe region while they were marooned.
One group walked along the beach to the mouth of the river where they planted a French tricolour to alert Heirisson of their presence. The main party went inland to the Swan River where they located certain Aboriginal camps and examined the flora and fauna.

Unveiled by HIS EXCELLENCY M.PIERRE CARRAUD, Ambassador to France. 1st November 1979, the sesquicentennial year of Western Australia.

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