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Club Meeting News - 21 September 2021
Following the Welcome to Country, President Jon welcomed members and our guest speaker, Andrew Phippen. 
Peter Grinter toasted the southwestern Sydney RC of Wetherill Park, who meet at 7.30 am for breakfast on a Wednesday. It is a multi-cultural club. Their fundraisers include BBQs and golf days which have raised $10,000 for a Visitors Room at Braeside Hospital at Bossley Park and $4,000 for Autism Spectrum. They also deliver Christmas presents to families of homicide victims.
Alan Hession advised Christmas puddings now total 94 orders so this fundraiser will proceed. More details to follow soon.
Luke Keighery advised that District has come through with the matching grant of $2,500 for Fiji relief for food parcels for Covid sufferers.
Guest Speaker - Andrew Phippen - The Early French Maritime Exploration of Nouvelle Hollande
John Turner introduced Andrew Phippen, mineral engineer and then an IT specialist, now retired. Andrew is a volunteer guide at the Australian Maritime Museum and was a volunteer crew member on the James Craig.
  1. The contribution of France to Australia is often overlooked. Binot Paulmier de Gonneville possibly landed on the west coast some 266 years before Cook. The early French explorers were more enlightened and more interested in the indigenous people and exploration rather than colonisation.
  2. In 1771 Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Tremarec was given permission by the King Louis XV of France to undertake a voyage of exploration to the Southern Ocean with the aim of discovering Terra Australis. His second in command was fellow Breton Louis Francois Marie Aleno de Saint Alouarn. On 29 March 1772 the ship entered Shark Bay and took possession of the land. Two coins were buried in a bottle with a written document to prove this fact. One coin was discovered in 1998.
  3. Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne led an expedition to find Terra Australis in 1771 and made important geographic discoveries in the South Indian Ocean and anthropological discoveries in Tasmania and New Zealand. He was very impressed by Van Diemen’s Land and had a good relationship with the indigenous people, but the expedition missed the coast of southern Australia.
  4. La Perouse was named after the French navigator Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay west of Bear Island on 26 January 1788. Captain Phillip had arrived a few days earlier. 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. La Perouse left and was never heard of again.
  5. Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni D’Entrecasteaux was a French naval officer and explorer and is known for his exploration of the Australian coast in 1792 while searching for the La Perouse expedition. He too explored Tasmania but like de Fresne missed the southern Australian coast.
  6. The Baudin expedition of 1800 to 1803 was a French scientific expedition to map the coast of New Holland. Expedition leader Nicholas Baudin started the expedition with two ships and was accompanied by a total of 22 scientists, far more than any other explorers. They charted the whole length of Tasmania’s east coast where there was extensive interaction with the indigenous people. They then began surveying the southern coast of Australia. The expedition was considered the most successful scientific expedition of any undertaken, with more than 2500 new species discovered and thousands of specimens collected. Unfortunately, the expedition took a huge toll. Of the 22 scientists only 2 returned to France.
John Turner thanked Andrew for his interesting presentation and the fascinating historical stories. To hear about the explorations from a French perspective was very enlightening.
Ros Virtue
ADDENDUM - Comment from Bob Edwards
Andrew touched on a couple of issues that I would like to comment on and if appropriate have included in the bulletin.
The designation of place names was strictly controlled. Explorers’ charts and suggested place names were submitted to an International Body on return to their home port. This multi nation body determined an appropriate name rather than allowing various places with the same name to exist. The designation of "Derwent River" as opposed to "Big River” given by a prior explorer would have been discussed on the return of the explorers and a single name decided upon.
The name “Napoleon” on the French charts was not considered acceptable to the committee and hence was expunged from the resulting combined charts. “Bonaparte” however, was acceptable and hence we have a gulf of that name in northern Australia.
Andrew mentioned that it was considered the success of Baudin’s explorations exceeded that of Cook’s explorations. Cook made three voyages each of about three years, returning each time with scientists and crew mainly intact and no one lost to scurvy. Cook’s demise resulted from a cultural misunderstanding between the locals and the God like stature that had been bestowed on him.
It’s true the return of scientific specimens could be one measure, but minor compared to the joy of returning sailors and scientists!
A little bit of humour -
Premier Dan has had a difficult week ....
If anyone has any jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin! 
Northbridge Answers R.C. Kathmandu Call for COVID Medical Assistance
52 Oxygen Concentrators Purchased by RC of Kathmandu Using Donations from Northbridge & Partner Clubs
54 Units of 10 L Oxygen Concentrators are ready for handover to the concerned health institutions.
RC Kathmandu appreciates the effort of Club members and partner clubs for making this happen.
One of those “partner clubs” is the Rotary Club of Northbridge
Flood Relief Assistance for Telegraph Point School Children
Year 2 students were very thankful for the donation of winter jackets and school readers
Year 2 students were very thankful for the donation of winter jackets and school readers
A ROTARY Club partnership has delivered a special gift to the students of Telegraph Point Public School.
A donation worth more than $9,000 will keep the 130 students warm this winter while also replenishing the book shelves.
The generous offer is more welcome news for the school community with every family impacted in some way by the devastating March floods.
Wauchope Rotarian Diana Reynolds reached out to the Northbridge Rotary Club in Sydney to make the donation possible. Northbridge Rotary Club raised funds from their local community.
Enjoying their new readers are Harry Bollard and Taj McDonald
Northbridge Rotarians Eleanor Chevor, Kevin Tattrie and Peter Russell delivered the new winter jackets and readers at a special presentation on Tuesday, June 8.
Principal Duncan Adams said the community generosity shown towards Telegraph Point School has been overwhelming and reaffirms the human spirit is alive and well.
The school's prime minister Leeara Elford and deputy prime minister Shaylee Wilcox thanked Rotary on behalf of the students.
Northbridge Rotarian Kevin Tattrie hands out the new winter jackets to students in year 2
 "It has been really refreshing for the children to be back on site," Mr Adams said.
The entire school was relocated to Hastings Secondary College's Westport campus after the floods while six new demountable buildings were installed at the school site.
"To have the consistency of school every day is very meaningful in their lives when many of them have lost everything in the floods.
"We have a lot of families who have lost everything, and many who are still displaced."
The tender process for the school's rebuild has closed with construction to commence later this year.
This article is an edited copy of a news article printed in the Port Macquarie News on 8th June 2021.
Comedy Evening Raises Funds for Streetwork
129 people enjoyed a fun evening raising over $3,700 to assist our local Streetwork Charity.
Streetwork is a local community organisation, founded 41 years ago, working with 'at risk' young people affected by crime, mental health issues, violence, destructive relationships, social isolation, homelessness, those disengaged from school or with poor employment opportunities and those impacted by alcohol and substance abuse, to turn their lives around. 
Thank you to our comedians Tommy Dean, Daniel Townes, Bruce Griffiths & Oliver Phommavanh for putting on a fabulous show & all our generous donors for supporting a worthwhile cause.
THE 4 - WAY TEST of the things we say or do

1). Is it the TRUTH?

2). Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4). Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?