Mrs Macquarie's Chair (also known as Lady Macquarie's Chair is an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour, hand carved by convicts from sandstone in 1810 for Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth. Mrs Macquarie was the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. Folklore has it that she used to sit on the rock and watch for ships from Great Britain sailing into the harbour.
A collector has paid a world record Aus $ 495,000 for one of Australia's first coins, known as the Holey Dollar. The coin is one of 40,000 Spanish Silver Dollars that Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought in 1812 to solve a currency shortage in the fledgling penal colony of New South Wales. Macquarie enlisted the help of a convicted forger, William Henshall, to cut a hole in the centre of each to prevent the coins leaving the colony in payment of imports. The resulting donut was then stamped
Australian Holey Dollar / The coin, which is known as the Hannibal Head Holey Dollar, was first created in 1813 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, after the newly founded colony of New South Wales was left with a lack of coinage.
A GEORGE III STERLING SILVER GILT SNUFF BOX WITH PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION OF LACHLAN MACQUARIE MAKER'S MARK OF THOMAS PEMBERTON AND ROBERT MITCHELL, LONDON 1816 Estimate A$3,000 - A$5,000 ($2,348 - $3,914) Price Realized A$28,680 ($22,450) Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits. Sale 1058 - 1 - 2 March 2005 - Melbourne