Posts in NEW ART&CULTURE
A TURBULENT PAST

With its deep, shady verandahs and elegant symmetry, Elizabeth Farm, is an iconic, early colonial bungalow. Established in 1793, it was extended and modified over the following 35 years for John and Elizabeth Macarthur, best known as pioneers of the Australian wool industry. 

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HARDSHIP AS JOY

The stage curtain slowly opens, and a group of graceful maidens steps forward holding beautiful paper umbrellas. From among the ever-changing formations, a lead dancer emerges at centre stage. Standing on one leg, she raises the other straight up, bending to the side while raising her umbrella gracefully to the heavens. The audience bursts into applause.

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THE FINEST HOUSE

After the governor, colonial secretary alexander macleay was the most important public official in the colony of nsw, with a salary and aspirations to match. In 1835 he started to build the ultimate trophy house on a magnificent waterfront site near the fashionable suburb of woolloomooloo hill, now potts point.


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FENG SHUI FOR COURTYARDS

In ancient China, the practice of fengshui was considered so important to wellbeing that even the poorest families would put aside funds to pay a fengshui master. Traditionally, Chinese homes were designed around the courtyard, which was believed to facilitate the flow of qi and connect heaven, earth and the people. As large numbers of Australians move into smaller, inner-city dwellings, the courtyard garden is becoming increasingly important as a means to commune with nature.

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WHERE A RICH EDUCATION BEGINS

PLC Sydney was established in 1888 after the Presbyterian Church purchased land in Croydon from the well-known retailer Anthony Hordern of Hordern Pavilion fame. The school was originally set up for 33 girls and grew until the current site was purchased in 1891. For over 129 years, PLC Sydney has been among the top ranking schools in the state.

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