The Horse Parapet, by @jonathanvenwell. This #horse has been proudly yet soundlessly “tlot-tlot-ing” on the corner of Church & Macquarie Streets, #Parramatta since 1881. But have you ever wondered what other structures were here in the decades before 1881?
According to the State Heritage Register, from c.1790 this allotment contained 2 #convict huts. The inhabitants of those huts enjoyed a convenient location, considering how close they were to the ‘Market-Place,’ now known as #CentenarySquare. The State Heritage Register also states James Wright, the Government baker, subsequently leased this property for a number of years. Wright was a convicted “highwayman” & was originally sentenced to death for the crime. However, his sentence was commuted & he came to the colony as a #FirstFleet convict instead. On arrival, Governor Phillip appointed him as Government Baker & ordered that he be leased land for his bakery (& presumably also his residence) in present-day Parramatta Park. Under Macquarie’s governorship, land in the vicinity of Old Government House was acquired to expand & more clearly demarcate the Governor's grand private Domain, so during this time Wright’s services as baker were dispensed with & he surrendered his premises to Government. It was most likely at this point that Wright was relocated to what became the #HorseParapet site. James Wright is one of more than 50 First Fleeters buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on O’Connell Street, just a 2-minute walk from the Lincraft exit from Westfield!
Read all about James Wright’s fascinating life story in the biography I wrote, JAMES WRIGHT: THE HIGHWAYMAN” on @stjohnscemeteryproject https://stjohnscemeteryproject.org/bio/james-wright/
Image credit: Jonathan Venwell, @jonathanvenwell. “James Wright: The Highwayman,” was assisted by funds allocated to the @rahs_news through the Heritage Branch of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as part of the “St. John’s First Fleeters” collection.
The collection has also been supported through a @cityofparramatta Community Grant.
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