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Ballina Maritime Museum

A Living Link to the La Balsas Expedition

As we gear up for the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition, we are honoured to announce that Fernard Robichaud, an original crew member, will be gracing the event with his presence. This is a rare opportunity to connect with a living part of this incredible history.

The Man Behind the Legend

Fernard Robichaud wasn’t just a crew member; he was a vital part of the expedition’s success. His skills, courage, and camaraderie were instrumental in overcoming the numerous challenges the crew faced during their journey across the Pacific.

A Personal Perspective

Having Fernard Robichaud at the event offers attendees a unique, firsthand perspective on the La Balsas Expedition. From the initial planning stages to the momentous arrival in Ballina, Robichaud’s account promises to be a riveting narrative filled with untold stories and personal insights.

The Importance of Oral History

Robichaud’s presence also serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of oral history in preserving events like the La Balsas Expedition. His firsthand account adds a layer of depth and authenticity to the museum’s existing exhibits, which include a full-scale replica of the La Balsas Raft and a digital screening of the event.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Fernard Robichaud and hear his firsthand account of a journey that captivated the world. Join us on the 28th of November at the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum for a day of celebration, learning, and living history.

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Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
8 Regatta Lane Ballina NSW Australia
+61 2 6686 1002