I was wandering through Sydney’s Botanic Gardens today and found this, which perfectly suited Ese’s new shoot and quote challenge.
The sign at this location is entitled ‘Our Convict Heritage‘ and it reads:
The Macquarie Culvert – a drain or channel crossing built to direct the water of the Botanic Gardens Creek under the original Mrs Macquaries Road. The road was built under the instruction of Governor Lachlan Macquarie for his wife’s recreation. Mrs Macquarie would take her horse-drawn carriage from the original Government House (now the Museum of Sydney) to Anson Point, later called Mrs Macquaries Point.
Look at the side of the culvert where you will see two brick arches. These were originally built from sandstock bridges that were hand-made by convicts sometime before the road was finished on 13 June 1816. The bridge is almost certainly the oldest in Australia. The Macquarie culvert is of high cultural significance and has recently undergone major conservation works.
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
― Carl Bard
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