Man from Down Un­der search­ing for im­age of Airds House, Ap­pin

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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.

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