LIEUT. JOHN WATTS; AIDE-DE-CAMP & ARCHITECT

LIEUT. JOHN WATTS; AIDE-DE-CAMP & ARCHITECT

Mention the term  ’colonial architect’ in New South Wales and most people would respond with the name Francis Greenway. That is quite understandable, but let’s bring another deserving character out of the shadows. Who better to speak of John Cliffe  Watts’ ability and character than Elizabeth Macquarie?

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HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

When it was announced that there was to be a new cafe in the Collier Arcade at Blackheath my associate Editor Des and I were very excited. We love to do a little writing over a working lunch. It’s a lot quieter in the arcade than out

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

I was intrigued to come across a reference to one of my articles on the internet recently. It was included in the description of a rare and beautiful item offered for sale by Hordern House Rare books, located in Sydney’s Surry Hills. This tiny object was of

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SYDNEY A-Z – A LIGHT HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY

SYDNEY A-Z - A LIGHT HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY

A LIGHT-HEARTED ‘JOURNEY’ AROUND SYDNEY SUBURBS We should never forget that almost all the  names  given  to Sydney and its environs by Europeans were preceded by those used  by Australia’s  first people. Here is a list of  Aboriginal place names  complied by the Australian Museum. Cadi was

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GOVERNOR MACQUARIE’S CAMPAIGN DESK

GOVERNOR MACQUARIE'S CAMPAIGN DESK

One of the most personal and evocative relics held by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales is a campaign desk once owned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth disembarked from HMS Dromedary at Sydney Cove on 31 December 1809. They were

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THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE – PART III

THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE - PART III

THIS IS THE FINAL PART OF THE STORY OF MRS MACQUARIE AND HER FRIENDS. PART ONE CAN BE READ HERE AND PART TWO HERE. FINAL DAYS; FAITHFUL FRIENDS Elizabeth and  Lachlan Macquarie returned  to Scotland  from New South Wales  with their young son  in 1822 .  Unfortunately,

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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 Sydney Morning Herald reported; There are two  or three more than

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THE TROUBLED LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

THE TROUBLED LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

In July 1818 Governor Lachlan Macquarie made an inspection tour of the Paterson River in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales.  On July 30 his diary records, ‘We then proceeded to view the rest of the Farms on both sides of the River—finding the soil

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THE MYSTERY OF MRS MACQUARIE’S EARRINGS

THE MYSTERY OF MRS MACQUARIE'S EARRINGS

 A PRICELESS GIFT On September 26 1968, Australia’s Consul-General in New York, Sir Reginald Sholl, received a visit from an elderly gentleman offering to present the Australian government with a pair of earrings associated with Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth. Sholl’s visitor was Edward Manley Hopkins, great-grandson

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BITTER LEGACY – THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

BITTER LEGACY - THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

THE STRANGE STORY OF THE MACQUARIE MAUSOLEUM Lachlan Macquarie was one of the early governors of colonial New South Wales, serving from 1810 until 1821. His burial site is located on the Scottish Isle of Mull, near Salen, the estate village established by Macquarie in 1808. Surrounded

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