As Australia’s “first bloke”, Tim Mathieson doesn’t have anyone to follow in terms of how it’s done. I guess it was the same for the partner of Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister.
There’s not much written about Lady Barton (nee Jean Ross). We know she was a patient woman, waiting five years between her engagement and her marriage to Barton.
This is Il Porcellino, a replica of a Florentine wild boar sculpture. Located outside the Sydney Hospital, it commemorates the lives of Dr Thomas Fiaschi and his son Dr Piero Fiaschi. Interested in the medicinal quality of wine, he first planted vines at Sackville Reach in the Hawkesbury region in 1882 on acreage that was to become Tizzana Winery.