CHAMPION COLUMN | Lachlan named city’s location 208 years ago

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Today, our city turns 208. Here’s what Governor Lachlan Macquarie (pictured) wrote in his journal on November 7, 1810. “At 6am, set out on horseback, accompanied by Mrs M. Captain Antill and Mr Meehan for Georges River, and arrived at Mr Moore's House at eight o'clock, having crossed the river in a boat opposite Mr Moore's house, where Mrs Moore had breakfast ready prepared for us.

“Our horses were sent up the river to cross at a ford three miles above where we crossed.

“Between 10 and 12 o’clock, we all set out in a boat, Dr Redfern having previously joined, and accompanied by Mr Moore, to view and survey the ground intended for the new township, which lies about a mile higher up the river above Mr Moore's on the left bank of it.

“We landed near Mr Laycock's house and having surveyed the ground and found it in every respect eligible and fit for the purpose, I determined to erect a township on it and named it Liverpool in honor of the Earl of that title,  now the Secretary of State for the colonies.

“The Acting Surveyor Mr Meehan was at the same time directed to mark out the ground for the town, with a square in the centre thereof, for the purpose of having a church hereafter erected within it.

“After walking over the ground for the new town, we returned to the boat, in which we proceeded for two miles higher up the river, until our progress was stopt [sic] by trees fallen into the bed of it.  

“We then returned to Mr Moore's house again, and leaving Mrs M. there, we set out at 2pm on horseback to view the farms situated along the right bank of the river, and then returned by a short way across the country to Mr Moore's house of only a couple of miles, and arrived at half past four o'clock there.

“Mrs Moore had an excellent dinner prepared for us.”

The Liverpool & District Historical Society would like to acknowledge the Cabrogal Clan of the Darug Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land that’s now in Liverpool Council’s boundaries.

Liverpool Historical Society welcomes new members. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month in Liverpool and usually include a tour of a historic building or location. Annual membership: $20. Details: 0403 107 496.

GLEN op den BROUW,

President, Liverpool Historical Society

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