Newtown’s high street was the biggest emporium south of the city. We’ll see grand shops and public buildings with an extraordinary array of Classical and Art Nouveau parapets and hear about the machinations of the capitalists, Christian zealots, and pleasure-seekers which drove them to create it.
Among the features along the high street is a fine Wesleyan Church, a well-proportioned ‘Green Man’, a perverse bookseller and the perverse Colonial Architect. As well as that there are remnants of the State Government’s first subsidised theatre company and the house of Miss Eliza Donnithorne whose private life has kept gossips chattering for 130 years.
It ends at the park overlooked by grand terraces which are very reminiscent of London’s Regency terraces.
Mark Matheson, former editor with the Royal Australian Historical Society leads this tour and adds newly-uncovered facts and documented anecdotes about these colonial Britons (and the odd American) when the British empire was at its zenith.