French Australians are Australian citizens or residents of French ancestry, or French-born people who reside in Australia.
Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Jules Dumont d'Urville, Nicolas Baudin, François Péron and Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne were some of the early European explorers to reach the continent.
The largest post-war increase in French migration to Australia came during the 1960s and 1970s. Since that time, there has only been a small flow of French immigrants to Australia.
Nowaday, many people in the French-Australian community originate from French overseas territories, especially New Caledonia.
French people in Australia
According to the 2011 Census, there were 110,399 people of French descent in Australia and 24,675 French-born people residing in the country, representing an increase of 28.6 per cent compared to the 2006 Census.
And in Western Australia?
In 2011, they were 2,792 in Western Australia (there are 21,507,717 inhabitants in WA).
Today we can at least say that they are 2792 + 1... ME! ;-)
Which make 2,792 opportunities to speak French and get to know more about the French culture.
Do you want to meet one of them? You could contact me today to practise your French with a French native tutor.