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The plaque commemorates Elizabeth Macarthur (1766 - 1850), pioneer of the fine wool industry in Australia.  It was unveiled on 8 February 2019, near the site of the house Clovelly (now demolished) at Roberston Park, Watsons Bay, where Elizabeth spent her last summers. She died at the property on 9 February, 1850. The plaque is installed in the lawn near the Rotunda at the top of Robertson Park.

Elizabeth Macarthur’s critical contribution to the establishment of a local fine wool industry helped set the course of Australian prosperity, given the wool trade’s long-held significance to the national economy. Elizabeth worked tirelessly in her husband John’s long absences to preserve the strict stock control measures he had adopted, and drew on her strong administrative skills to manage her family’s estates.

The Woollahra Council Plaque Scheme honours exceptional people or events associated with our local government area, that have made a significant impact on life in the area or Australia as a nation.


Address:Military Road, Robertson Park, Watsons Bay, 2029
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.843831
Long: 151.282631
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 8th February, 2019
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Woollahra Municipal Council

Elizabeth Macarthur

1766 - 1850

Pioneer of the Australian fine wool industry died here at the house Clovelly (demolished)
Celebrating Our History

Source: Woollahra Council, ADB
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