In recent issues we’ve mentioned that we’ve been getting enquiries about an Australian Club. Well, for some time now there hasn’t been one. Quite recently, though, I met Sylvie Chanoni who’d like to relaunch a club for exiles from Oz. As the name might suggest she’s a Française de souche but lived in Australia – 8 years in W.A. – and like many French who spend time there became a great enthusiast for the country. What seems to appeal is “mateship”, that unforced solidarity among Australians that comes out in their typical friendliness and helpfulness. I learned, by the way, from Joanna Tisdell of AAGP that the idea of “mateship” originated in Eureka during the tax riot of the gold miners in 1854.
Don’t miss out on the Australian mateship!
- Riviera Reporter