The vine and the olive

Elizabeth Farm, showing the enormous olive tree on the right.

Elizabeth Farm (detail). Photo © Christopher Shain

In 1831, when Thomas Mitchell set off on his Journey into the Interior, he started the account metaphorically at Elizabeth Farm, in ‘A Garden’.  The description of Macarthur’s estate served both as a symbolic starting point for his journey into the unknown,  and also as a contrast to what he would describe as he journeyed into ‘the wilds’, leaving first the elegant houses, the gardens, the fields and, finally, even the scattered sheep-herds of the colony behind.

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