Finding the Farm at Farm Cove
In January 2016, Macquarie Harbour was simultaneously attacked by several small fires. The one at Goulds Point at the tip of Farm Cove exposed the farm used by Sarah Island Convicts circa 1825.
After those fires were extinguished, each time we’d sail past those burnt hills we wondered what historical treasures might be revealed. A few other members of the Friends of Macquarie Harbour held a similar view and together we mounted an expedition to find the farm last in use nearly 200 years ago.
We have produced a video clip of our adventure and discoveries. Finding not only where, in 1828, Thomas James Lempriere painted his landscape of the farm, we also found what appears to be a man-made drain, a large dam and suitable site for the “substantial stone building.”
One of the best results from such a monumental outing, besides actually witnessing where our people worked and struggled 200 years earlier, but it was the wonderful regeneration of Earth that most affected us. Seeing this magnificent creation in “full speed ahead” gave us hope that Earth just might survive the poor handling of her people.
We invite you to join our Wildcare Branch so that you can join us on our next adventure or working bee on the beautiful, calm waters of Macquarie Harbour.
Wildcare members along on this one –