Governor’s Garden Party hosted at Claremont, Oxley Head

Lovely ladies: (Back) Jeannette Rainbow, Kathleen Downer, Daphne Salt, (front) Shirley Gamack and Helen Maher at 'Claremont’ Oxley Head on Sunday, October 7.
Lovely ladies: (Back) Jeannette Rainbow, Kathleen Downer, Daphne Salt, (front) Shirley Gamack and Helen Maher at 'Claremont’ Oxley Head on Sunday, October 7.

Attendees at the Governor’s Garden Party were transported back in time to celebrate 200 years since John Oxley and his team surveyed the region for early European settlement. 

Jeannette Rainbow from Wauchope District Historical Society said it’s an important part of history which everyone should be educated about. 

“It paved the way for penal settlement in Port Macquarie just three years later,” she said. 

The Governor’s Garden Party was named after Lachlan Macquarie. Macquarie served as the fifth and last autocratic Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821.

The ladies and gentlemen who attended the Garden Party at Claremont, Oxley Head dressed in historical fashion. 

Jeannette said the material for her dress, originally came as a doona and was sourced from an op shop. 

“My friend Daphne Salt made it without any fittings,” she said. 

“Goes to show how clever she is.” 

The Wauchope District Historical Society has organised many events to celebrate the bicentenary.

“We followed the diary by John Oxley 200 years ago,” Jeannette said. 

A flagship bicentenary celebration is from 11am on October 28 at Town Green.

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