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The current timetable for the LEMA Project is based upon a 5 year plan that commenced in January 2005. It aims to provide a coherent and comprehensive framework of primary and secondary source materials relating to the lives of Lachlan and Elizabeth in the period 1761-1835.
The impetus for this initiative is based upon the fact that the year
2010 will mark the bicentenary of the arrival of the Macquaries in
Australia. Any assessment of their achievements and failures in NSW and
Van Diemen's Land in the period from 1810-1821, as well as their individual contributions to colonial life, should be set inside the
personal, social and political contexts of the late C18th and early
C19th. Their lives, friendships and experiences before their
arrival in Australia formed an indispensable part in shaping and
defining their actions and decisions. Their activities and writings
after their return to Britain in 1822 reveal the extent and
depths to which life in Australia had changed them.
Some parts of the LEMA research profile were, in fact, commenced in the period 1998-2004 (as indicated below). They deal with specific aspects relating to key events and places in Scotland, India, Ceylon and Australia. The consolidation of this information forms a critical part of the LEMA Project; however, it is now overshadowed by the more urgent need to complete and make available a full range of transcripts from Lachlan Macquarie's journals in the years 1787-1807 (in India, Ceylon and Britain), supplemented by additional documents written in Australia between 1810-1821 (mainly memoranda notes), and in Britain and Europe between 1822-1824 (memoranda notes and short diary entries).
Elizabeth Macquarie's 1809 journal is available; however, this appears to be the only extant example of her personal recording of people and events in diary form. Transcripts of her surviving letters are currently being prepared and will be added in due course to the LEMA Project.
For a complete listing of Macquarie manuscripts currently available as full-text transcripts in the Documents section of the LEMA Project consult: List of Manuscripts