Postcards to my grandmother
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The original Vaucluse House, from which the area derived its name, was built by Sir Henry Browne Hayes, who had been transported to New South Wales for kidnapping the granddaughter of a wealthy Irish banker. When he arrived, in 1802, he was allowed to buy land from that which was granted to Thomas Laycock in 1793 and Robert Cardell in 1795. The house was then acquired by Captain John Piper in 1822. Sir Henry Browne Hayes, an avid admirer of the 14th-century poet Petrarch, named the house after Petrarch's poem about the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse near the town L'Isle-sur-la- Sorgue in what is today the Department of Vaucluse in southern France. In 1827, the small but charming cottage was bought by William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872), barrister and explorer and one of the men who had crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813. Many structural changes and additions were made while he lived there until 1853. The building has fifteen bedrooms, is in the 1830sGothic style and sits on 27 acres of gardens. It still survives and is listed on the Register of the National Estate. Off Vaucluse Point. Bottle and Glass Rocks is an oddly shaped outcrop ofrocks at the head of Vaucluse Bay, but its name was given in 1799 before target practice from passing warships shattered the rocksʹ shape. End of Greycliffe Avenue The Bottle and Glass Rocks walk is a short and easy 500 metre loop walk with spectacular views over the Harbour to Manly. It will take you less than 20 minutes to complete (unless you are distracted by the views). To start this walk, go up the steps next to the women's toilets.
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