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Members Lounge Social: Tea and Tour Miegunyah House (Bowen Hills)

Members Lounge Social: Tea and Tour Miegunyah House (Bowen Hills)
Starts: 13 Jun 2023 at 10:15 AM
Ends: 13 Jun 2023 at 12:00 PM
Notes: Pioneers in Petticoats: The Macarthur Sisters - exhibition at Miegunyah House Museum in Bowen HIlls.

Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur and Anna Maria (nee King) emigrated to Australia from England on the ship Isabella arriving in Sydney on 18th August 1812. Anna bore 11 children - 5 sons and 6 daughters.

The Macarthur girls were all born at home in Parramatta in the developing colony of New South Wales. Their father, Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, had been sent from England by his enterprising uncle, John Macarthur, to spearhead John’s trading interests and pastoral enterprises.

Hannibal saw opportunities in farming and bought the property The Vineyard in 1813 and lived there for the next 34 years

The house became a drawcard for visiting naval officers, explorers, artists, and the local gentry. It was the social hub in the district. The girls were often called upon to act as hostesses, meeting their future husbands either at the house or through friends and relatives.

From the early 1840s and 1850s, each of the girls had moved to the bush or to the new settlement at Brisbane. Kate, Anna and Emmeline were among the first generation of 'free settler' women whose stories are integral to the early pioneering history of Queensland.

The guided tour will be preceded by a Devonshire tea. Please advise any special dietary requirements when registering for the event. Cost $25

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