Canadian connections

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The historical link between Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Quebec and the City of Canada Bay was marked last week by an exchange of letters as an expression of friendship. Appropriately the ceremony took place at the Canadian Exiles memorial at Bayview Park, close to where the exiles were set ashore in 1840.

The events of 1837-1838 which led to the French Canadian Patriotes being exiled to Australia, where they were incarcerated at Longbottom Stockade, Concord have left their mark on our area. The names Marceau Drive, Chateauguay Walk, Exile Bay, French Bay and our namesake, Canada Bay are a reminder of their story.

While most of the Canadian Exiles returned to their families and friends in Canada in 1842, Joseph Marceau who came from Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville chose to stay and make a new home for himself in Australia.

The photograph shows Pierre Marcoux from Quebec, who is working on a documentary on the Canadian Exiles, with City of Canada Bay Mayor, Helen McCaffrey (for more images, see flickr).

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Posted on February 1, 2017, in Canada Bay, Concord and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Pierre Marcoux has shared the report on the event which recently appeared in the Canadian newspaper Coup d’oeil, 22 February 2017:

    http://www.coupdoeil.info/culture/2017/2/23/un-documentaire-sur-un-patriote-de-saint-cyprien-exile-en-austra.html

    Canadian Exiles

    The event is also noted on the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal web page at

    http://ssjb.com/hommage-aux-patriotes-exiles-en-australie/

  2. To add to the Local Studies collection of publications relating to the Canadian Exiles, Pierre Marcoux has kindly donated a booklet on the 1837-1838 Rebellions in Québec from the Maison LePailleur Museum http://www.ville.chateauguay.qc.ca/en/maison-lepailleur-museum:

    La mémoire des patriotes

  3. Another interesting article on the Canadian Patriot Francois Lepailleur and the Chateauguay connection to Canada Bay, appears at

    http://www.cybersoleil.com/actualites/2017/5/16/un-peu-de-chateauguay-en-australie-grace-a-des-patriotes.html

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