The Prospect Heritage Trust Inc.
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In a letter to his business agent in London, dated 28 February 1822, William Lawson wrote: ‘My family are now living in my new house, which is a very good one, built of brick and stone which cost me about fifteen hundred pounds. I have named it Veteran Hall, Prospect.’. The name came from the fact that, on his return from England on the Guildford on 19 January 1812, Lawson had joined Macquarie’s ‘Corps of Veterans’. After William’s death his second son, William Jnr and his wife Caroline (nee Icely), and their family occupied the home and during the 1850s added a ‘New Front’ to the home. William Jnr died on 2nd February 1861 and Caroline died on 2 July 1875. In 1881 most of the property was resumed to build Prospect Reservoir. At this time it was occupied by two of William Jnr’s unmarried daughters, Sarah Ann and Sophia Rebecca.
The Water Board used the home as a residence and office for its Engineer-
In its 1925 Herald announcement, the Water Board had said that its President would approach the Royal Australian Historical Society to have a suitable monument erected to mark the site. This did not occur. In 1969 –1970, Alan Andrews and Bill Hazell proposed that the Board erect a monument, but the idea was rejected. With the help of other Board Officers, they erected the present monument. It bears a plaque stating that it was erected by The Macquarie Regional Council of Historical Societies, which only supplied the plaque. The idea and work came from Alan and Bill, who also cleaned up the site and opened it to the public, but some of the public abused the privilege and the Board reluctantly closed the site.
Augustus Earle -