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Course - Exploring the Colonial Interior

Sydney’s villages are Australia’s best sites for exploring our colonial heritage. Over four sessions we will look at Sydney’s colonial history in the Macquarie era and explore the same on foot. Colonial sites at Windsor, Liverpool and Parramatta provide us with some superb examples of our heritage. The first meeting will be class-room based, and the following two sessions will begin at the Town Hall steps, while the final session will began at Circular Quay.

EXPLORING Colonial Windsor, Liverpool & Parramatta - 4 x Sessions 9.30am - 1.30pm

In Exploring the Colonial Interior:
we look at the transformation of the colony of New South Wales during Macquarie’s period 1810 – 1821. This course is for people who enjoy exploring history by walking through it. It is also suitable for those who are new to walking. The walks are around three to four hours’ duration but are not demanding.
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Course Information

Exploring the Colonial Interior 4 x Sessions Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussion
  • Three Excursions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Wednesday 14 March
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • Important background history of Sydney and Macquarie.
  • Logistics.
  • Preparation, travel gear.
  • Planning the walk – distances, times.
  • SESSION 2.
  • WALK 1: WINDSOR – MACQUARIE’S FAVOURITE TOWN.
  • We travel by train to explore the heart of the Hawkesbury.
  • Fairfield, St Matthew’s, Thompson Square.
  • Windsor Bridge, Macquarie Arms, Hawkesbury Museum, The Mall.
  • SESSION 3.
  • WALK 2: LIVERPOOL – MACQUARIE’S FIRST TOWN.
  • We travel by train to visit the first town Macquarie founded in NSW.
  • Georges River, Lennox Weir, Collingwood.
  • Liverpool Museum, St. Luke’s, Pioneer Park.
  • Bigge Park, Old Liverpool Hospital, Court House.
  • Session 4.
  • WALK 3: PARRAMATTA – MACQUARIE’S FUNCTIONAL CENTRE.
  • We travel by ferry to Australia’s second oldest city.
  • Harris Park Heritage Trail, Hambleton Cottage, Elizabeth Farm.
  • Experiment Farm, Riverside Walk.
  • St John’s Cathedral, Old Govt. House.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Know of Lachlan Macquarie’s influence on colonial New South Wales and his contribution to contemporary Australia.
  • 2. Have a greater appreciation of Sydney’s colonial heritage.
  • 3. Know where to take visitors who are interested in Sydney’s history.

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