Famous bretons in the Australian history
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Aleno de Saint Aloüarn, Louis Francois Marie (1738 - 1772)
Also known as Aleno De St Allouarn
Born in 1738 at Guengat, Finistère, France

Mariner and Explorer. As part of the Admiral De Kerguelen-Trémarec expedition, the mariner and explorer De Saint Aloüarn, commander of the Gros Ventre, reached Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia in March 1772. He then sailed north to Shark Bay, where he buried an act of Possession (found on 16 January 1998), claiming possession of the west coast of New Holland for the King of France (Louis XV). Early September 1772, the Gros Ventre finally arrived back in Mauritius, but De Saint Aloüarn was ailing fast and died on 27 October 1772 in Port Louis, Ile de France (Mauritius). The expedition’s results were not followed up in France.
The Saint Allouarn Islands are a group of islands and rocks south east of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia


Champion de Crespigny, Philip (1850 - 1927)
Born on 4 January 1850 at St Malo, Brittany, France

Banker. General Manager of the State Bank of Victoria from 1916.


Guynot de Boismenu, Alain Marie (1870 - 1953)
Born on 27 December 1870 at St Malo, Brittany, France

Catholic missionary bishop. Vicariate apostolic of Papua from 1922. Archbishop of Claudiopolis in Honoriade in 1945. He promoted primary and technical education, and pupils increased from 800 in 1898 to 7000 in 1945. By 1932 forty-eight 'graduates' were employed by the Papuan administration. Education was in English to ensure ability to participate in the wider community. His grave at Kubuna, Papau is a place of pilgrimage.


Huon de Kermadec, Jean-Michel (1748 - 1793)
Born on 12 September 1748 in the Manoir du Tromeur, Bohars, near Brest, Finistère, France

Mariner and Explorer. Commander of the Espérance, as part of Admiral Bruny D'Entrecasteaux's expedition in the southern hemisphere. Bruny D'Entrecasteaux named the Huon River in Tasmania and the Kermadec Islands, north-east of New Zealand, after him.


Huon de Kerilleau, Gabriel Louis Marie (1769 - 1828)
Born on 17 April 1769 at St-Pol-de-Léon, Brittany.

Soldier, tutor and pioneer. Arrived in Sydney as a private soldier' in the Surprize in October 1794.  He was tutor to John Macarthur's sons. 'A Catholic Gentleman and Scholar', he was held in high esteem by most of the early governors and regularly visited Government House.
Governor Macquarie granted him 400 acres (162 ha) at Narellan which he called Buckingham. In 1823 Huon de Kerilleau received a ticket-of-occupation for an area of 3000 acres (1214 ha) near Bungonia; in 1825 he was allowed to buy 1000 at 5s. an acre at near-by Corrundaroo.


Le Rennetel, Pierre François (1851 - 1904)
Born on 30 April 1851 in the parish of La Boussac, Brittany, France

Marist Father. Parish priest at St Patrick's Church Hill in Sydney centre.
Extraordinary tributes testify to his popularity. After a funeral attended by an estimated 40,000 people he was buried in Waverley cemetery.


Rays, Marquis de (1832 - 1893)
Born on 2 January 1832 at Quimerc'h in Finistère, France

Speculator and Romantic.  In 1877 he declared himself 'King Charles of New France', an area that extended from eastern New Guinea to the Solomon Islands. 'New France' contributed to Australian sensitivity to the dangers of a northern threat, culminating in the declaration of the British New Guinea Protectorate in 1884.

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