A Forgers Progress

by Alasdair McGregor

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ISBN
9781459689831
FORMAT
Paperback
NUMBER OF PAGES
646

Product Description

Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia's first government architect was also hot - headed and tactless. Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted a last - minute reprieve, Francis Greenway was transported to New South Wales in 1814. Within a single eventful decade, Greenway's and Governor Lachlan Macquarie's transformation of Sydney from a ramshackle convict garrison into an elegant city was well under way with buildings like the Hyde Park Barracks, St James' Church, Supreme Court and Windsor courthouse. Award - winning author Alasdair McGregor - in the first biography of Greenway since 1953 - scrutinises the life and work of a man beset by contradictions and demons. He profiles Greenway's landmark buildings, his meteoric rise and his complex and fraught relationship with Governor Macquarie, along with his thwarted ambitions and self - destruction. All played out in a fledgling colony in the throes of change from far - flung gaol to a society of free settlers. 'Beautifully crafted, superbly evoked ? a great tale, told by a master.' - Peter FitzSimons
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