"Somewhere in France, Australians on the Western Front".

Opening night success on Monday September 3 for the launch of the new bilingual travelling exhibition, "Somewhere in France, Australians on the Western Front" in Noumea, New Caledonia. A collaboration facilitated by Diane De St Léger (French Studies) in conjunction with the Musée de la Ville de Nouméa and supported by the Australian Consulate General of Australia.

The project involved the participation of students enrolled in French Cultural Studies in the early stage of the project and students from the English Studies Department of the University of New Caledonia for the translation of some archive material into French.This exhibition retraces the lives of young Australians in France and Belgium during the First World War and explores how these volunteers entertained themselves, where they travelled, and their encounters with the French people, language and culture.

From left to right you can see Paul Wilson, the Australian General Consul, Thierry Lataste, the French High commissioner to New Caledonia and Sonia Lagarde, Mayor of Noumea on the night of the exhibition launch.

The exhibition is due to remain open for one year.