The Hoop Pine and Bunya Pines tower above Hambledon Cottage

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Elemér NO VIEWS on June 5, 2008

Szép, barátságos ház!


Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2008

Hambledon Cottage was built by/for John & Elizabeth Macarthur in 1824 in the grounds of his Elizabeth Farm Estate to provide additional accommodation. Their own home, "Elizabeth Farm House" was located about 400m to the S.E. up a mild slope. The two dwellings were located on their 1000 acre agricultural estate.

Hambledon Cottage was for a period the residence of Penelope Lucas, the governess to the Macarthur daughters.

John Macarthur lived a turbulent life, his self-importance and aggressive behaviour, his periods of deep depression and his final period of declared lunacy marred a life and created difficulties for others; but his military involvement, agricultural and pastoral enterprise and his political activities dominated early colonial life in the embryonic colony of New South Wales. It is his efforts to develop a colonial export market for wool for which he most renowned in popular history of early Australian settlement.

To give some idea of the success of this, one of the earliest farms established in Australia, I quote from one of Elizabeth Macarthur's letters:

"This Country possesses numerous advantages to Persons holding appointments under Government; It seems the only part of the Globe where quiet is to be expected. We enjoy here one of the finest Climates in the world. The necessaries of life are abundant, and a fruitful soil affords us many luxuries. Nothing induces me to wish for a change but the difficulty of educating our Children, and were it otherwise it would be unjust towards them to confine them to so narrow a Society."

"Our Farm, which contains from four to five hundred Acres, is bounded on three sides by water. This is particularly convenient. We have at this time, about one hundred and twenty Acres in Wheat, all in a promising state. Our Gardens, with Fruit and Vegetables are extensive and produce abundantly It is now Spring & the Eye is delighted with a most beautiful variegated Landscape. Almonds, Apricots, Pear and Apple Trees are in full bloom. The native shrubs are also in flower & the whole Country gives a grateful perfume."

"There is a very good Carriage road new made from hence to Sydney, which by land is distant about fourteen miles"

It was John Macarthur who had this land cleared, and then planted to crops. The very tall trees pictured, are believed to date from the 1850s and I regard them as national treasures. Araucaria cunninghamii (hoop pine) on the left and Araucaria bidwillii (centre and right foreground) are splendid examples of these two native trees of Queensland and northern NSW.

©Würmer on June 10, 2008

great tree!

trees always hold still for photographers... :-)

Eduh ZM on December 15, 2009

Nice Araucaria. Some Araucaria agustilofia looks like this one.

Ian Stehbens on December 16, 2009

Dear Edmundo,

The foreground foliage is that of A. bidwillii or Bunya Pine. The old, mature tree in the far background - the one with the domed crown is also A. bidwillii. When it is a younger tree it does not have the dome, but the whole tree is fully conical.

The tall tree featured in this image is A. cunninghamii or Hoop Pine.

I appreciate your visit and sharing our common interest.


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