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John Macarthur, of Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, and surgeon John Harris, of Harris Park, were not the best neighbours. John Macarthur’s ambitions involved harnessing the compliance of the Rum Corps (and the rest of the colony) and isolating Governor King. Difficulties arose when John Harris started to support King, and things became even more complicated when nephew Hannibal (across the Parramatta River) actually married into the King family. Join Jo Henwood as she explores the complex relationship between these three historic neighbours.

May 2016

Jo Henwood has been interpreting history as a Tour Guide and Education Officer in heritage sites around Sydney (including Elizabeth Farm) for the last eighteen years.  Her qualifications are in cultural heritage, museum studies, librarianship, gifted education and tour guiding. She is Accredited as a Tour Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides and as a Storyteller with the Storytelling Guild of NSW.


Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.

When: Friday 9 September 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Katoomba Library and Cultural Centre
30 Parke Street
Katoomba NSW 2780
Cost: Free – bookings essential.
Presented by Blue Mountains City Library.

Image: Parramatta from grounds of H.H. Macarthur by Conrad Martens, 1837/1839, Caroline Simpson Collection, courtesy Sydney Living Museums.

History Week Neighbours postcardThis event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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