John Verge

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View across the saloon at Elizabeth Bay House, Colonnade and Dome, Thomas Joseph Lawlor, [1935]. Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection

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Barham, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1845. Barham was built in 1833 by John Verge, for Colonel Kenneth Snodgrass. Like the other villas of Darlinghurst, it was in the locale designated by Governor Darling for high ranking civil servants. For 40 years Barham was the residence of Sir Edward Deas Thomson, the Colonial Secretary. In 1900, the house became part of the Sydney Church of England School for Girls. It still exists, much altered.

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The History of The Vineyard and Subiaco Estate – Rydalmere

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View of Vineyard, Parramatta, between 1851 and 1858, image State Library of New South Wales The Darug people The Darug people, who are also referred to as the Dharruk, Dharung, Dharrook, Darrook, Dharug and the Broken Bay tribe, are the traditional owners of the Rydalmere area [1]. The Darug nation spans from Broken Bay to the northeast, the lower Blue Mountains to the west, the Southern Highlands to the southwest and the Illawarra to the southeast. John McClymont relates that "the…

John Verge was a leading society architect and builder of the 1830s in Sydney and an exponent of the Regency style. His clients included John Macarthur and William Charles Wentworth. Verge’s work c…

John Verge

John Verge was a leading society architect and builder of the 1830s in Sydney and an exponent of the Regency style. His clients included John Macarthur and William Charles Wentworth. Verge’s work c…

In 1972 the Sydney Press reported the fate of Dr Bowman's splendid residence with such headlines as "Dog racing put before old mansion", "History stands in way of expressway", "Fight to save another battered piece of history", and, with Members of Parliament describing the house as "of little interest" and "decrepit".

In 1972 the Sydney Press reported the fate of Dr Bowman's splendid residence with such headlines as "Dog racing put before old mansion", "History stands in way of expressway", "Fight to save another battered piece of history", and, with Members of Parliament describing the house as "of little interest" and "decrepit".

John Verge(1782-1861) and  Mary Alford(1804-1872) - grave in the Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery

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John Verge(1782-1861) and Mary Alford(1804-1872) - grave in the Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery

Too few voices, too late...   The Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW),  14 June 1961, page 17

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grave of John Verge (1782-1861)  Mary Verge nee Alford (1804-1872)

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grave of John Verge (1782-1861) Mary Verge nee Alford (1804-1872)

Mary, wife of John Verge. She was the daughter of John Alford and Janr (nee Camm), and was the common-law wife of John Clegg, innkeeper of Botany when she met John Verge. Verge already had a wife behind in England, so John and Mary were only able to marry in later years.

Mary, wife of John Verge. She was the daughter of John Alford and Janr (nee Camm), and was the common-law wife of John Clegg, innkeeper of Botany when she met John Verge. Verge already had a wife behind in England, so John and Mary were only able to marry in later years.

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An encounter with John Verge

Part of my job is cataloguing rare books at the National Library of Australia. Only a few cataloguers get a chance to handle rare books. I never know what my next item will be, which makes it very exciting. This gives me a chance to learn something new on many subjects (elephants, circuses, architects), or about the author. When I catalogue I give my books a chance to rest on my book pillows (small or large) while I work till my record is completed. I get excited when I get books with the…

John Verge - architectural plans for houses, 1832-1837 - Version details - Trove

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Plans for Elizabeth Bay House gates, 1833 / drawing by John Verge - Version details - Trove

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Plans for Elizabeth Bay House gates, 1833 / drawing by John Verge - Version details - Trove

View of the front facade, Elizabeth Bay House, showing terrace and balcony.

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