Gallery – New South Wales Governor Visit to Lyndhurst

Monday 14 July 2014 - was the day that Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of New South Wales and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE with Brian L Davies Esq. LVO, Official Secretary and Chief of Staff visited Lyndhurst.

Greeted by a Bell Ringing and then a visit to Appletree Court, New Forest District Council Offices for a celebratory tree planting.

At the New Forest Centre and Museum the exhibition, “Celebrating Arthur Phillip” was held.

From there Costumed Guides led our guests on a short walk talking of the Lyndhurst Arthur Phillip would have known, The Verderers Court, Church, site of Blind House, stocks, barracks, Crown Inn, etc. to Lyndhurst Park (Glasshayes) and the Bench.

Lime Wood although much altered, existed as Park Hill in Phillip's time so it would have been a house he knew on the edge of his land.

Moving on to Boldre and Boldre Church notable for its connections with Rev. Richard Johnson a former curate who travelled with the First Fleet taking Christianity, education and his farming knowledge to Australia.

The school, founded by Rev William Gilpin, his mentor and friend still stands as a private house.

The visit was led by, Lt Col. Peter Chitty who has written a leaflet on Rev. Johnson.

The church still conducts an Aussie Sunday remembering Rev Johnson first Thanksgiving service on the beach.

Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD, CVO (born 1 December 1930) is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales.

Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, Bashir graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 and held various medical positions, with a particular emphasis in psychiatry.

In 1993 Bashir was appointed the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area Health Service, a position she held until appointed governor on 1 March 2001.

She has also served as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007–2012).

Bashir retired on 1 October 2014, and was succeeded as governor by General David Hurley.

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