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THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE – Part One

THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE - Part One

On January 1st 1810, Lachlan Macquarie was sworn in as Governor of New South Wales, replacing  the deposed William Bligh. Macquarie had arrived in Port Jackson aboard The Dromedary several days earlier, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth.  Her love and unswerving loyalty  would sustain the Governor throughout […]

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THE MISSING GEORGE TOWN SKETCHES

THE MISSING GEORGE TOWN SKETCHES

On November 4  1811, Governor Lachlan Macquarie left  Sydney aboard  the Lady Nelson to carry out an inspection tour of Van Diemen’s Land. He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth. After several weeks based in Hobart, the official party  made its way north. By early December they […]

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HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER’S KNEE.

HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER'S KNEE.

Let me say at the outset that my darling mother was the most gentle, kind hearted person you could hope to meet.  However, she did have a penchant for filling our heads with the most terrifying information imaginable. We kids were both fascinated and appalled. Her stories […]

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MACQUARIE MINIATURES

THE MYSTERY OF THE MACQUARIE MINIATURES

TASMANIAN TREASURES On September 17  1879  the much anticipated Sydney International Exhibition opened in the vast, purpose built Garden Palace. It was located at the south-western end of the Royal Botanic Gardens.                       On October 27 The […]

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SYDNEY’S LOST BIRDS

SYDNEY'S LOST BIRDS

When the First Fleet arrived in Sydney in 1788 the bird life was incredibly rich and varied.  Before long  the artist John Lewin  was producing watercolours of  the colony’s unique species, such as the beautiful lyre bird pictured at left. The old Tank Stream  (which now runs […]

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A VERY LONG WAR

  PRIVATE ARTHUR  WILLIAM SINGLETON – SERVICE NUMBER 301 Aged 20, Tasmanian born Arthur Singleton enlisted in the 12th Battalion, one of the first raised in Australia. He was a farmer’s son, and  had already served in the state’s volunteer military service for several years.  Like many […]

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WORLD WAR I AND THE WRIST WATCH

A TIME OF CHANGE Recently I found an unusual watch in a family jewel box. I can only assume it belonged to my husband’s grandfather, Wallace Conolly.  The band has vanished, but otherwise it is in reasonable  condition.   It has a hinged, deep case reminiscent of a […]

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THE TARRALEAH PAINTINGS

THE TARRALEAH PAINTINGS

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS During my childhood   in  Tasmania there were  two small oil paintings  hanging  beside the open fire in our farmhouse  sitting room. When the wind blew, the hessian backed  wallpaper ballooned out,  and the pictures  nearly fell off their nails.  I  was always intrigued by them, […]

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Parkes College

Parkes College

AN ENTREPRENEUR Early in 1894, schoolmaster George Ratten arrived in Parkes,  New South Wales,  from the Victorian coastal town of Port Fairy.   He was accompanied  by his wife Eliza and  the couple’s six children.   Mr Ratten set about  building a private, co-educational  college in Mitchell Street, opposite […]

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THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE…..PART TWO

THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE.....PART TWO

MARGARET MACQUARIE  (NEE GOODWIN) Recently I posted the story of  Hector Macquarie, and his marriage to the unfortunate Margaret Simson. Hector was the  dissolute nephew of  Governor Lachlan Macquarie.   You can read the first part HERE.   And now the story continues…… It had always been assumed that […]

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