Elizabeth Macquarie

Elizabeth Macquarie (1778 – 1835) NSW governor’s wife
Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie played a significant role in meeting the spiritual needs of the new colony.  NSW Colonial Chaplain William Cowper, together with Elizabeth Macquarie and Rev Samuel Marsden, formed the Colonial Auxiliary Bible Society of New South Wales which was placed under the patronage of Governor Macquarie in 1817.


Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie landed in Sydney on 31 December 1809. At Government House Elizabeth needed all her tact and sincerity. The colony was torn by factions and her husband’s policy, especially with regard to emancipists, was controversial. Throughout she supported him loyally. She took a kindly interest in the welfare of women convicts and of the Aboriginals. She was intelligently interested in gardening and agriculture. With Elizabeth Macarthur she is said to have pioneered hay-making in the colony. She had brought from England a collection of books on architecture which were useful to her husband and his architect, Francis Greenway. She also planned the road running round the inside of the Government Domain to the point which, like the road, was named after her.

Source : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/macquarie-elizabeth-henrietta-2418

Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie played a significant role in meeting the spiritual needs of the new colony.  NSW Colonial Chaplain William Cowper, together with Elizabeth Macquarie and Rev Samuel Marsden, formed the Colonial Auxiliary Bible Society of New South Wales which was placed under the patronage of Governor Macquarie in 1817. The Benevolent Society was formed in the same year to manage the humanitarian needs of the colony.

Elizabeth organised a lending library of Bibles in several languages which now form part of the Heritage Bible collection curated by the Bible Society. These Bibles will be on display at the recently renovated St John’s Anglican Cathedral, heritage-listed and still in posession of it’s two Macquarie towers. Several Bibles from that original library, inscribed in Elizabeth and Governor Macquarie’s own hand, will be on display at the exhibition, at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta.

Details : http://www.discoverparramatta.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/66509/parramac_final_web.pdf

Lachlan Macquarie : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/lachlan-macquarie/

William Cowper :  https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/william-cowper/

Samuel Marsden :  https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/samuel-marsden/

The Benevolent Society of New South Wales : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/the-benevolent-society-of-new-south-wales/
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