The Macquarie Lighthouse, Sydney

Course - Colonial Sydney Town

Sydney is Australia’s premier city for exploring our colonial heritage. In this series of four sessions we will look at some aspects of Sydney’s colonial history and explore the same on foot. Colonial sites include the Rocks, Macquarie St, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Historic South Head Peninsula. We will conclude with a group luncheon at the Vaucluse Tea Rooms. 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 NSW: Sydney Town - 4 x Sessions 9.30am - 1.30pm

In Exploring Colonial Sydney Town:
we explore the transformation of Sydney during Macquarie’s period 1810 – 1821. This course is suitable for people who enjoy walking and also for those who are new to it. The walks are around two to three hours’ duration but are not demanding.

Course Information

Exploring Colonial Sydney Town Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Three Excursions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course:4 x Tuesdays 20 May - 10 June, 2014
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • Important background history of Sydney and Macquarie.
  • Logistics.
  • Preparation, travel gear.
  • Planning the walk – distances, times.
  • SESSION 2.
  • Sydney as a Colonial International port.
  • St. Philip's and Garrison churches.
  • Observatory Hill, The Rocks.
  • Hero of Waterloo, Miller's Point.
  • SESSION 3.
  • Macquarie’s influence on Sydney.
  • Aboriginal aspects.
  • Monuments, Hyde Park.
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Session 4.
  • The Harbour.
  • Watson’s Bay.
  • Macquarie Lighthouse, Vaucluse House.
  • Group lunch to complete the course.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
  • 1. Know of Lachlan Macquarie’s influence on colonial New South Wales and his contribution to contemporary Australia.
  • 2. Know the reasons for Elizabeth and Lachlan Macquaries’ arrival in the colony.
  • 3. Know where to take visitors who are interested in Sydney’s history.