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16 February 2010
2/2010
Commemorative Issue

A Bicentenary: Governor Lachlan Macquarie

Australia
These four stamps, designed by Stacey Zass, celebrate the importance of Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824) as Governor of New South Wales. During his time as governor (1810-1821), Macquarie provided an important vision for the colony. He embarked on a public works program, erecting churches, parsonages, courthouses, lighthouses, convict barracks and factories. These buildings would transform the physical appearance of the colony.

The architect Francis Greenway was often responsible for designing these buildings. Among the buildings Greenway designed for Macquarie were the Convict Barracks, Sydney (1817), Fort Macquarie, Sydney (1817), Government Stables, Sydney (1817), St Matthew's, Windsor (1817), the Female Factory and Barracks, at Parramatta (1818) and St James, Sydney (1819).

Greenway was one of the former convicts who rose to prominence during the Macquarie era. In an age when former convicts, known as emancipists, were treated as social outcasts, Macquarie believed they should be fully restored to society. In his opinion they could make as valuable a contribution to society as the free settlers.

The stamps feature Macquarie's portrait and celebrate his vision, and they remember his enlightened policies towards the emancipists and his erection of substantial buildings to improve the physical amenity of all colonists.

Governor Macquarie  

Governor Macquarie

Governor Macquarie: Visionary  

Governor Macquarie: Visionary

Governor Macquarie: Emancipator  

Governor Macquarie: Emancipator

Governor Macquarie: Builder  

Governor Macquarie: Builder

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC A Bicentenary: Governor Lachlan Macquarie

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2010-02-16
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2010-03-16
Denominations: 4 x 55c
Designer: Stacey Zass
Printer: McKellar
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: Modules of 50
Special Feature: Decorative gutter
National Postmark: Macquarie Centre, NSW 2133
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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