Man from Down Under searching for image of Airds House, Appin
A MAN from Down Under is searching for a picture of Airds House in the early nineteenth century to illustrate a book on the work of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie.
Austin Lovegrove, an honorary prinicpal fellow of the University of Melbourne, is relating the early life of Elizabeth Macquarie and is aware the home is still in use today.
Mr Lovegrove told The Oban Times: ‘I am contacting you because of my interest in Elizabeth Macquarie (nee Campbell), once of Airds House, Appin.
‘In regard to this, I am putting together a collection of antique prints relating to the work of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie, both of whom took a particularly enlightened approach to the treatment of the convicts during his term as governor of NSW, 1810-21. Airds House was the home of Elizabeth Campbell before she married Macquarie in 1807. I would like an image, perhaps a very early photograph, of the house itself, ideally as it would have been in her time.
‘My interest in the Macquaries arises from my academic research on sentencing at the Law School, University of Melbourne, where I am an honorary principal fellow.’
Any images of Airds House should be sent to editor@ obantimes.co.uk.