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French Frigates Observatory Point
French Frigates Observatory Point
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Memorial at Observatory Point and Lookout commemorates the sheltering of French frigates "Le Esperance" and "Recherche" .

Captain Bruni d`Entrecasteaux commanding "Le Recherche" and Captain Huon de Kermandec of "L`Esperance" were searching the Australian waters for the missing explorer La Perouse while charting the coastline and exploring the new continent. Forced to seek protection from a storm the two vessels sheltered on the lee side of Observatory Island and that night d`Entrecasteaux wrote in his journal `I decided to give the harbour the name of Esperance Bay, that of the first frigate to enter it'.


Address:Twilight Beach Road, Great Ocean Drive, Esperance, 6450
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.9075
Long: 121.793611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1792
Approx. Event End Date:1792
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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