GOLDEN GIFTS FOR A GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER

GOLDEN GIFTS FOR A GOVERNOR'S DAUGHTER

Mary Stewart (nee FitzRoy) was the only daughter of Governor Charles FitzRoy. She was living in England with her husband Keith Stewart when her mother, Lady FitzRoy, was killed in a tragic carriage accident at Government House, Parramatta in December 1847. At this point the Stewarts had

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PLAGUE SCARE AT PARRAMATTA

PLAGUE SCARE AT PARRAMATTA

It’s hard to imagine Sydney having an epidemic of bubonic plague, but that’s what happened in 1900. The infection arrived on a visiting ship in January, and spread in overcrowded, unsanitary slums. THE PLAGUE – PARRAMATTA’S PRECAUTIONS I hadn’t realized there was a vaccine against plague, but

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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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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

  The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would surprise and disappoint  women  pioneers such as Elizabeth Macarthur, who began

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FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

UPDATE – OCTOBER 13 2021. FAREWELL TO THE RETIRING MANLY FERRY QUEENSCLIFF. Forty years of carrying us across the water. 🚤🚢 HELLO, EDITOR DES HERE. I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS STORY ABOUT THE DEAR OLD FERRIES THAT PLY SYDNEY HARBOUR. MY GUARDIAN PAULINE CONOLLY WROTE IT. I

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