y Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney single work   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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Abstract

'Sydney's colonial society loved to ridicule the colourful and controversial figure of Alexander Macleay. Likewise, historians over the years have either criticised or completely ignored him. But when it came to serious matters, such as who was to be Australia's first Speaker in the Legislative Council in 1843, public opinion changed. For there simply was no other person in the colony whose experience and skills matched those of Alexander Macleay.

The story of the man who introduced wisteria to Australia as well as the stunning jacaranda whose mauve flowers adorn Sydney each October, is traced from the remote north of Scotland, and to London and the Linnean Society, and through his latter years in Sydney where he took up the position of Colonial Secretary in 1826. He never returned to his homeland.

Dismissed from public office by Governor Bourke in 1836 amidst bitter intrigue, his life was filled with adventure, romance (especially his children's romances), a passion for natural history and financial problems which ultimately resulted in personal calamity. Yet the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney and Macleay Street in Kings Cross remind us of the significance of Alexander Macleay, whilst the Royal Botanic Gardens, the New South Wales State Library, the Australian Museum and the Australian Club are just a few of Australia's early institutions that benefitted from his active involvement. His magnificent house, Elizabeth Bay House, is still the finest colonial mansion in New South Wales.

Alexander Macleay - from Scotland to Sydney is the first biography about this extraordinary Scottish gentleman. It will take its rightful place amongst the definitive histories of Australia's founding fathers.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication:
    This book is dedicated to my parents
    Lynley Muriel Evely
    and
    John Lindsay Evely
    who both gave me so much love

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Kulnura, Gosford Hinterland, Gosford, Central Coast, New South Wales,: Paradise Publishers , 2012 .
      Extent: x, 452 p. [48] p. of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.), maps, ports., genealogical tables
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 416-442) and index.
      ISBN: 9780646557526 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

[Untitled] Alan Ventress , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 99 no. 1 2013; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
What We're Reading Paula Grunseit , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Inside History , March - April no. 9 2012; (p. 68)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
Non Fiction Barbara Baker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 - 25 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
The Gardener of Elizabeth Bay Beverley Kingston , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 April 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
Between the Lines Brian Hinton Fletcher , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Trust News Australia , November vol. 5 no. 11 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
What We're Reading Paula Grunseit , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Inside History , March - April no. 9 2012; (p. 68)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
Non Fiction Barbara Baker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 - 25 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
The Gardener of Elizabeth Bay Beverley Kingston , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 April 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
Between the Lines Brian Hinton Fletcher , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Trust News Australia , November vol. 5 no. 11 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
[Untitled] Alan Ventress , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 99 no. 1 2013; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Alexander Macleay : From Scotland to Sydney Derelie Cherry 2012 single work biography
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