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Recommendations for furnishings at Old Government House Parramatta [report] / James Broadbent & Elizabeth Wright, September 2001.
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R 747 BRO
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'There are no known early nineteenth century illustrations of the interiors of Government House, Parramatta, nor any illustration of a colonial interior during the Macquarie period. This makes the reconstruction of the furnishings of these rooms highly conjectural, but also highly instructive. The furnsihings of these rooms to this date is ambitious and, potentially, highly valuable in interpreting the period of Australian culture for which the written record is rich but the visual record is very limited.. The designs aim to suggest how Regency taste was translated to the penal colony of New South Wales, and to conjecture something of the tastes and characters of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie. They are not, per se, decorative schemes, but are intended to evoke the official and private lives of the house during the Macquaries' occupancy: a mixture of official formality, Georgian restraint and colonial frugality, but also of personal comfort, aspirations to taste and an indulgent interest in domestic design. For example, some details of Mrs Macquarie's tast and character are derived from specific references (such as her use of dimity), some from associational evidence (such as her enthusiasm for the contemporary fashion for transparencies), some from documentary evidence (her interest in domestic design) and some from contemporary anecdote (her frugality).' -- from the introduction.
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September 2001, ©2001.
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[Sydney] : [James Broadbent & Elizabeth Wright]
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[83] unnumbered pages : illustrations, some colour ; 30 cm.
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monograph
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