Magazine article M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia

A Drover for the Day

Magazine article M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia

A Drover for the Day

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A Drover for the Day

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This unusual Prayer Book and Hymnal marks "the 200th Anniversary of the Appointment of Lachlan Macquarie as Governor of New South Wales and the 450th Anniversary of the 1559 Book of Common Prayer". (1) It is one of the first in what will no doubt be a harvest of writings on Macquarie. He was proclaimed Governor on 1st January 1810. Both the Bicentenary of the Appointment and the Anniversary of the Elizabethan Prayer Book were celebrated on 2nd May 2009 in St. Peter's Church, Campbelltown in the presence of a 21st century Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO. A 21st century John Bunyan prepared this book to mark the occasion.

The book includes the orders of Morning and Evening Prayer, prayers for special days and fifty hymns. The First Fleet carried the Prayer Book, which with the Bible in English and Shakespeare's works is/are? the glory of our language, to Australia. The book however reflects the Australian soil in which all three were planted, the spirituality of the indigenous people and the faith of the Hebrew prophets and the Jewish Jesus. It also reflects the Celtic origins of many of the newcomers.

The book outlines the fives of Macquarie and his second wife and recalls the sad short fife of his first wife. It talks of the religious faith of Macquarie and his wife but uses the words of the General Confession that Macquarie would have used very often "We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts" in acknowledging Macquarie's mistakes. …

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