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The Strange Story of the Macquarie Mausoleum

As the bicentenary of Lachlan Macquarie’s governorship of New South Wales approaches (January 2010), the number of Australians making pilgrimages to his grave on Scotland’s Isle of Mull is sure to increase. The site is located 500 metres east of the B8035 from Salen, the estate village established by Macquarie in 1808. Surrounded by a stone wall, the family tomb also contains the remains of Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth, their infant daughter Jane and their son Lachlan Junior. The final burial, that of Lachlan Junior, took place in 1845, yet it was some six years before the mausoleum was constructed. Sharp-eyed…

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