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Sir Lachlan Macquarie

The Macquarie Mausoleum at Gruline on the Isle of Mull has the following inscription:

MAJOR GENERAL LACHLAN MACQUARIE

 OF JARVISFIELD

 WHO WAS BORN 31ST JANUARY, 1761

 AND DIED AT LONDON ON THE 1ST JULY, 1824

 THE FATHER OF AUSTRALIA

In their biography of Macquarie, Harry Dillon and Peter Butler add the following valediction in respect of the last line of the inscription ‘This is an apt title for a man whose unique contribution to Australia’s development deserves the highest recognition’ (Macqaurie: From Colony to Country, Random House, Australia, 2010).

Macquarie was not a visitor to Mull as such since he was born at Ormsaig on the Isle of Ulva.