The Laperouse Education Fund was established in 2015 via a seeding grant of 5000 Euros from the French Parliament to the Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc.
The fund was subsequently augmented through a fund raising dinner in Sydney's historic Parliament House. The dinner was hosted by the then President of the NSW Legislative Council and a patron of the Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc. the Hon Don Harwin MLC.
French company THALES, joined with the Friends of the Laperouse Museum in the delivery of the initial grant for two Australian honour students in engineering, mathematics and science to study in France.
The THALES group of companies have a major presence in Australia. In Sydney they have facilities at Rydalmere in Sydney's west near Parramatta and at Sophia Antipolis near Nice in the south of France. Sophia Antipolis in France is the French equivalent of Silicon Valley in the United States and greatly sought after.
OUR FIRST GRANT
The Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc was honoured to join THALES in a combined THALES-Laperouse Education Fund scholarship of $20,000.00 by contributing a matching $10,000.00.
The grant financed two young Australian students in their honours year of engineering, mathematics and sciencefrom the University of Western Sydney (UWS) to enable them to spend a semester at UNICE to advance their learning of electrical and mechanical engineering in the field of acoustics.
The Fund As We Go Forward.
The Committee of the Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc. are currently reviewing future use of the Fund. Options being considered involve additional support for the La Perouse Museum in developing school curriculum material about the Laperouse Expedition and voyage of scientific discovery as well as interactive material within the Museum for visiting school groups.
The Laperouse Monument
ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE LAPEROUSE MUSEUM INC.
The Laperouse Museum was developed as a joint Franco – Australian Project, conceived by the Laperouse Association for the Australian Bicentenary, whose voluntary effort and dedication secured the investment of several million dollars in corporate and individual sponsorships to establish the Museum which was officially opened with a Deed of Gift to the People of Australia and of La Perouse on 23rd February, 1988.
Subsequently, the Laperouse Association was reconstituted as the Friends of the Laperouse Museum Inc. to maintain ongoing community support for the Museum and its activities.
Our aims are to:
- Increase public awareness of the Museum
- Promote the Museum as a resource for education and research
- Develop and support community events
- Work cooperatively with Randwick City Council and stakeholders for the benefit of the Museum and the site.
- Seek sponsorship & fundraising opportunities to enhance the Museum’s exhibits.
- Perpetuate and further strengthen the long lasting ties between Australia and France
For further information about the Museum and the Friends visit: www.laperousemuseum.org
Donations to the Laperouse Education Fund can be posted to PO Box 475 Matraville NSW 2036.