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Plans for Elizabeth Bay House gates1833

by John Verge

Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay created a famous private botanical garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour. His 54-acre land grant covered the suburb of Elizabeth Bay and part of Potts Point and Kings Cross. He also commissioned John Verge, the foremost colonial architect of the 1830s, to design a suitably elegant regency-style house, stables and gates. The house survives, but other structures and the garden are long gone.