Professor Les MARCHANT

Since retiring from the University of Western Australia, Leslie Marchant has been Visting Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.  He is the Director of Centre for the Study of the South Land and Resident Scholar, State Library of Western Australia (LISWA).

His wide interests include French, Chinese and indigenous Aboriginal history and culture.  He has written widely in all these fields, including the geography and cartography of the Indian-Pacific region. Professor Marchant spent many years in the United Kingdom and Europe, locating and reading archival material relating to the exploration of Australia.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and the French President has created him Chevalier in the Ordre National du Mérite.