July 14 is Bastille Day, France’s National Day.
French people have played a significant role in the history of Sydney.
Read about the French in Australia on the State Library of New South Wales Discover Collections.
The State Library of New South Wales’s collections are rich in the records of early French explorers of Australia and the Pacific region. But these well known tales of imperial adventure and competition are only a small part of the more extensive and enduring story of French association with, and contribution to, Australia.