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La Perouse, New South Wales

La Perouse was named after the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741–88), who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay west of Bare Island on 26 January 1788.

The French were far better provisioned than the British were, and extended the same courtesy but apparently neither offer was accepted.[8]

the French did not have orders to claim Terra Australis for France and the arrival of the French ships Astrolabe and Boussole and their meeting with the ships of the British expedition was cordial and followed normal protocols.

The expedition's naturalist and chaplain, Father Louis Receveur, died in February after a skirmish the previous December in Samoa with the inhabitants, in which Paul Antoine Fleuriot de Langle, commander of Astrolabe and 12 other members of the French expedition were killed.

Receveur, injured in that skirmish, died at Botany Bay and was buried at Frenchmans Cove below the headland that is now called La Perouse, not far from the Lapérouse Museum.

The French stayed at Botany Bay for six weeks and built a stockade, observatory and a garden for fresh produce on what is now known as the La Perouse peninsula.

The French expedition was wrecked a short time later on the reefs of Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands during a cyclone sometime during April or May 1788, the circumstances remained a mystery for 40 years.[10]

Some of the mystery was solved in 1826 when items associated with the French ships were found on an island in the Santa Cruz group, with wreckage of the ships themselves discovered in 1964.[11]

The first building in the area was the octagonal stone tower constructed in 1820-22 as accommodation for a small guard of soldiers stationed there to prevent smuggling, and the tower still stands today.[20]

During the Great Depression, from the late 1920s, many severely affected low-income families took up residence here in settlements beside the Aboriginal reserve.

In 1912 Bare Island became a retirement home for war veterans, which continued to operate until 1963 when it was handed over to the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service for use as a museum and tourist attraction.[22]

This facility was part of the Eastern Command Fixed Defences unit, it was designed and positioned in a way that would allow it to protect the approaches to Botany Bay in the event of a sea born attack during the World War II period.

The former La Perouse tram line branched from Oxford Street at Taylor Square in Darlinghurst to run south along Flinders Street, then into its own tram reservation along the eastern side of Anzac Parade beside Moore Park.

The Museum was originally built as cable station to house the operation of the first submarine telegraph communications cable laid between Australia and Nelson in New Zealand.

After the cessation of telegraph communications, the building served as a home for orphans run by the Salvation Army, with the children attending La Perouse Public School when this first opened in the early 1950s.[29][30]

Visitors can learn about the indigenous significance of the area from the Aboriginal people of the area, with boomerang-throwing demonstrations often held on weekends and Aboriginal guided tours operating from Yarra Bay House during the week.

Scuba divers here can see the common (weedy) sea dragon, red Indianfish, pygmy pipefish and big belly sea horses as well as fish normally found on dive sites in the Sydney area.

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Growth will help create new jobs, increased housing choices, enhanced public spaces and improved transport connections and provide more people with the opportunity to live, work, be educated, shop and socialise in the one area.”

 The Southern Sydney Councils are supporting the establishment of a waste transfer station which will see garbage trucks converging on the area at peak hour.   Orica’s chemical manufacturing operations have contaminated the Botany Aquifer, Sydney’s biggest.

The following is from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure website: The precinct boundary was initially within a 10-minute walk (800m radius) of four key areas – Maroubra Junction, Duffys Corner, Malabar and Little Bay.

During planning – while investigations are being undertaken by a range of professionals, the department meets with the community to discuss ideas and listen to feedback about community aspirations and concerns.

In Anzac Parade South the community forum of about 50 people consists of: During exhibition – when draft plans have been developed with consideration of community feedback from the forums, an exhibition is held.

These sessions will run for one hour and be limited to 50 people per session to ensure everyone has an opportunity to ask their questions about the rezoning proposal.

View presentations from the forums: Newsletters provide an update about what’s been happening in the precinct and at the forums: Register to receive future updates about the Anzac Parade South Urban Activation Precinct by sending an email with ‘Anzac Parade South’

in the subject to urbanactivation@planning.nsw.gov.au We are working with staff from Randwick City Council and key government agencies to ensure a coordinated response to the future needs of the Anzac Parade South Urban Activation Precinct.

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