Jun. 4th, 2010

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Last weekend we stayed in the city and spent Friday and Saturday being tourists.  The weather wasn't perfect, but while it was a little overcast and showery, it was quite pleasant for all the walking we were doing.  Not like today, where the rain has been bucketing down all day!

2010 is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney. He was the fifth governor to be sent here, and he actually requested the position. He replaced the infamous Governor Bligh (Yes, previously Captain Bligh of The Bounty). Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth stayed for 11 years and the two of them probably contributed more to the fledgling country than anyone else in our short history, most certainly they transformed Sydney from a nondescript penal colony to a thriving colonial town that was attractive to new settlers.  In celebration of this anniversary Sydney is staging Visions of Macquarie, a light show that is projected on the historic buildings which he was mostly responsible for, and which are located on a street named for him.

Some pictures over here... )

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