Mrs. Macquarie’s Point   3 comments

There’s a promontory in Sydney called Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, so named after the 4th (5th?) Governor’s wife. Cptn. Macquarie is known for building decent infrastructure in the area like paved roads and sandstone buildings like hospitals and government offices and whatnot. Now, if you think about it, you can’t be known for paving roads if the roads were already paved when you arrived. Meaning: the place was a dump when Mrs. Macquarie first arrived. As a woman of means, she was appalled by the new living conditions thrust upon her with her husband’s rise to power. It’s said she used to walk from the Governor’s mansion to this spot on the point to watch, resentfully, the ships leaving Sydney and returning to “civilization”. The criminals in the penal colony were set the task of paving the route Mrs. Macquarie walked. But it is said, they were so grateful for the improved living conditions brought on by the governor that on their own, they carved out a bench from the rocky outcropping of the point, for Mrs. Macquarie to sit. This bench is known as… Wait for it… Mrs. Macquarie’s Bench. 

Mommy and MiniMax got to visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Point during our city tour of Sydney on Monday, April 11. Here’s a photo of the harbor from the Point


Sydney Harbour from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point

And here’s a photo of MiniMax sitting on Mrs. Macquarrie’s bench. 


Mrs. Macquarie’s Bench

What’s that you say? You can’t see him? Here’s a close up

MiniMax enjoying the view from Mrs. Macquarie’s Bench

Posted April 12, 2016 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

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  1. Wow, that is one huge bench. MiniMax really gives it perspective. So, Max, are you jealous that you can’t be there too?


  2. a big bench for a small pup… you are a super tour guide and I love it to see this fabulous land via your blog! THANKS!!!

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