International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 335–356 | Cite as

A Patina of Age: Elizabeth Macquarie (née) Campbell and the Influence of the Buildings and Landscape of Argyll, Scotland, in Colonial New South Wales



Elizabeth Macquarie, a daughter of Campbell of Airds, was the wife of Lachlan Macquarie, the fifth governor of New South Wales (1810–21). The buildings of Argyll, Scotland, strongly influenced choices made by Elizabeth in the buildings erected during her husband’s 12-year administration of the colony. By examining these Scottish influences, through theories of landscape and the transfer of traditional, even “old-fashioned,” architectural styles to this far-flung colony, new layers of meaning embedded within the landscape of Sydney Cove are disentangled to reveal a deeper understanding of how British cultural identity was recreated on the far side of the world.


Scotland Sydney Architecture Identity 



Many thanks to Tony Lowe for his patience, willingness to travel to the wilds of Scotland for a winter holiday and his assistance with the photography and the paper. Kylie Seretis kindly contacted me about writing this paper and Chris Dalglish offered support when the paper was slow in arriving. Robin Walsh provided comments on aspects of this paper. All errors or omissions are my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Casey & Lowe Pty LtdMarrickvilleAustralia

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