Elizabeth Henrietta Macquarie (nee Campbell of Airds)(1778 - 1835) was the second wife of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who served the colony of New South Wales between 1810 and 1821. Their indomitable partnership survived personal loss and public scrutiny to shape the face of Australia.

Elizabeth embraced her life in this strange and largely unexplored country. She left a special imprint on the people and places of New South Wales through her advocacy of the arts, architecture, gardening and education. However, it was her family life that would consume much of her energies: her roles as wife, mother, nurturer and widow deeply influenced her outlook and inspired her wider social initiatives.

The book In Her Own Words explores - with explanations, annotations and transcriptions of Elizabeth's surviving letters and her illuminating journal of her voyage to Sydney - how this remarkable woman forged a life that spanned the globe and transformed a colony.

In Her Own Words by Robin Walsh