During the December of 1811, a small party led by Governor Lachlan Macquarie made their way from Hobart Town to Port Dalrymple. With only three horses as mounts and a bullock dray to transport provisions and camping equipment, this journey laid the foundation for places and land marks now recognised.
On 5th December 1811, Macquarie wrote in his journal "...Encamped on the Banks of Macquarie River (so named now) which flows out of Grimes's Lagoon and runs by many windings all the way to Port Dalrymple ... Here we arrived at 7p.m. and halted for the Night..."
Two hundred years later, this historic journey is captured and shared with everyone in:
Macquarie - A Journey through the Midlands
An exhibition at The Tasmanian Wool Centre, Ross
This stunning exhibition tells the intriguing story of this adventurous couple, Governor Lachlan and Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie. The exhibition traces their journey from Hobart Town to Port Dalrymple, including excerpts from his diary and images of watercolours by Colonial Artist, Joseph Lycett; depicting the places named along the way. The exhibition includes collections of early surveying equipment, colonial military memorabilia and other artefacts relative to the time.
The exhibition is open daily at the Tasmanian Wool Centre [except Christmas day] until April 17th 2012. Entry is by donation.
Staff at The Tasmanian Wool Centre have put in many hours of research, planning and hard work to bring this wonderful exhibition to fruition, with phenomenal efforts by Manager, Debra Cadogan-Cowper, and Margaret Young. (The giant map is hand drawn by Margaret). There are also some stunning objects on display.
The exhibition runs until April 2012 and is definitely worth a visit when you come to Ross. In fact, it's worth coming to Ross just to see!Visit Website
Cultural, Historic/Heritage, The Arts