Shortlisted - Bologna Prize 2016

The startling story of Lachlan Macquarie

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The story of Lachlan Macquarie is an important story in the history of modern Australia that has been largely lost to the current generation of school children. Whilst we’ve all seen many things named after Macquarie, few realise the important role he played in the Australia we know today.


Macquarie was critical in transforming Australia from a penal colony to a free settlement; steered the colony to economic independence by establishing Australia’s first bank and currency and also implements one of the most ambitious and broad infrastructure projects, including redesigning the layout of Sydney and constructing over 250 new buildings including hospitals, schools and churches.