Nightlight Tour: Elizabeth Bay House
Fanny Macleay, eldest daughter of Alexander, wrote extensively to her brother William Sharp Macleay; these letters span almost 25 years, from before the family departed for Sydney until her death in 1836. These intimate family communications allow us to hear a different side of the Macleay family saga – that of a young woman, relocated across the world with her parents and five sisters, and how she lived in early Sydney, a city of which she once wrote ‘in short it is detestable’. Fanny died as Elizabeth Bay House was being completed, but her letters provide an insight into Alexander’s plans and aspirations for the house and his family, and deserve to be more widely known.
Join us for an alternative view of Sydney, of the Macleay family, and of Elizabeth Bay House; visit the attics and the wine cellars as night closes in; and finish with a glass of wine in the magnificent dining room as we ponder the legacy of Alexander Macleay and the toll his actions took on his family.