Blog post from Friday, 21 March, 2014

To celebrate Harmony Day today, photographs of some early French immigrants in Australia, the Perier family c 1900.

The French have been coming to Australia since the explorer, La Perouse in 1788. During the Gold Rush, many French came but long after the rush for gold had subsided, the French community in Australia continued to prosper. Following the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), a gradual increase in French Australian trade brought a growing number of French settlers to the colony. By the early 1890s there were over 4,000 French-born residents in Australia.

Read more about the French in Australia on the State Library of New South Wales Discover Collections feature.