AUTHOR: Fiona Marsden
PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE: Brown & Whittaker Publishing
The story of Lachlan Macquarie (1746 – 1824), “Father of Australia”, from his boyhood on the Isle of Ulva to his success as Governor of New South Wales, including a guide to the places on Ulva and Mull most associated with him and his family.
Macquarie was a British Army officer and colonial administrator from Scotland. He served as the fifth and last autocratic Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, and had a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of the colony.
He is considered by historians to have had a crucial influence on the transition of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free settlement and therefore to have played a major role in the shaping of Australian society in the early nineteenth century.
An inscription on his tomb in Scotland describes him as “The Father of Australia”.