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Loving Legacies

On January 1, 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 his long and increasingly difficult term of office. While Governor Macquarie left a detailed record of his years in New South Wales in diaries and letters and in official government dispatches, Elizabeth’s written legacy consists only of an engaging account of her journey on the Dromedary plus a handful of letters. She was…

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