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Lachlan Macquarie: The man who first envisaged Australia

Harvey Deegan

Lachlan Macquarie is credited with shaping Australia’s destiny, transforming the harsh, foreboding penal colony of New Holland into an agricultural powerhouse and ultimately a prosperous society. Macquarie is known as the father of Australia.

So, was Macquarie the man who sowed the seeds of a great nation, or a tyrant who destroyed Aboriginal resistance?

In this, the most comprehensive biography yet of this fascinating colonial governor, acclaimed biographer Grantlee Kieza draws on Macquarie’s rich and detailed journals. Ultimately, Macquarie laid the foundations for a new nation, but, in the process, he played a part in the dispossession of the continent’s original people.

Grantlee joined us on Remember When to talk about this fascinating new book.

Download this podcast here

Harvey Deegan
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