Book + Author: The HCV Book Club

History Council of Victoria

Event Date: 
14 September 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Alexis Bergantz, Yves Rees

Alexis Bergantz in conversation with Yves Rees

7pm, 14 September 2021

We think of colonial Australia as having a British culture, but the truth is much more cosmopolitan. Yves Rees will talk to Alexis Bergantz about his debut monograph French Connection, which explores how the culture of Frenchness influenced a young Australia eager to prove itself to the world. Join us to discover how Frenchness showed up in Australia, what Frenchness actually entails, and what prompted Bergantz - a French migrant himself - to write this groundbreaking and elegant book.

Alexis Bergantz is a Lecturer in Global and Language Studies at RMIT University, researching the French Pacific, New Caledonia and Franco-Australian history.

Yves Rees is a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University, HCV Board Member and co-host of Archive Fever podcast.

This event will be held via Zoom.

Book + Author: The HCV Book Club brings you authors in conversation, exploring their work alongside a group of HCV Friends.

The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in the Australian state of Victoria. Our vision is to connect Victorians with history and to inspire engagement with the past, their identity and the world today. We champion the work of historians and the value of history. We recognise that history can be written about any place, any person, any period. We advocate why history matters.