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Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013
On the 28th October at a ceremony that took place at the Kreol Institute as part of the 2013 Kreol Festival Events, Richard Touboul, the known and respected French Historian, handed over to Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture documents written in 1787 by Louis Jean Baptiste Philogene de Malavois.
Malavois was a very influential personality during the period when the Seychelles was a French Department and this document is seen as a real Franco-Seychellois historical treasure.The document of the Seychelles French period is made up of eight sections written by Mr Malavois himself when he was in Seychelles in 1787 gives a factual brief of Seychelles.
Soon after his arrival in Seychelles, Mr Malavois lays out a complete state of situation on the ground of the Seychelles Archipelago. He touches on all the main areas of concern in great details. He was a clear ecologist, an administrator, a visionary of his era and left his imprint on the. Seychelles we see today.
This exceptional historical document from Louis Jean Baptiste Philogene de Malavois was offered to the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture by the ‘Bibliotheque de Caen’ from the Calvados Department of France. The document received in both hard and soft copies is destined to be kept by the Seychelles National Archives.
The handing over ceremony by Mr Richard Touboul to Minister St.Ange took place in the presence of Madame Genevieve Iancu, the French Ambassador to Seychelles, Madame Monique Bellepeau, the Vice President of Mauritius, President Didier Robert, President of the Regional Council of La Reunion, President Nassimah Dindar, the President of the General Council of La Reunion, Roland Robert, thenVice President of the General Council of La Reunion and Ambassador Calixte D’Offay of the Seychelles.
Addressing the invited guests at this handing over ceremony at the Kreol Institute, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said that this latest addition to the historical collection of Seychelles was indeed a welcomed addition. “We firstly salute the historian Richard Touboul for his unwavering support for the archives and museums of Seychelles. We thank him for hunting on our behalf documents we see as important to complete the historical landscape puzzle we inherited.
We also say thank you to Caen and to France for opening their doors to us. We were a department of France and as such France holds in its treasure chests a lot of material, documents, pictures and maps we see as important links with our past. Malavois’ documents we have been handed over today is one such important document and we hope we shall keep receiving more as we work to complete our documentation portfolio of our past before we move our National History Museum by June 2014 into its new building in Victoria” Minister St.Ange said.
The Seychelles Minister also took the opportunity to thank Madame Nassimah Dindar, the President of the General Council of La Reunion for also opening the archives and museums of La Reunion island to the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and to being so ready to work with the Seychelles to make available documents we see as needed in our own collections. Minister St.Ange called on the Vice President of Mauritius and the Mauritian PS responsible for Culture to also continue to work with Seychelles on documents sitting in Mauritius from days when Seychelles was administered from Mauritius.
Source:- Seychelles Tourism