#OnThisDay 15 November 1791 the first grape vines were successfully planted at Rose Hill. Previous attempts to grow grapes in the colony, including an initial planting at Farm Cove, had failed. In 1791, Governor Phillip reported that he had established a three-acre vineyard at Rose Hill, and that a settler named Schaffer had also planted one acre of vines.
Behind the Scenes
In this episode Martyn highlights one of the most valuable and iconic parts of the State Archives collection: the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. If you're researching someone who was a convict, free immigrant, someone who was naturalised, sent to gaol, or admitted to an asylum you may find references to them in these records.
Food Glorious Food! Where would we be without it. The production and consumption of food has always played an important role in the history of New South Wales. This gallery shows a selection of State archives that highlight what we have been eating in the home and on show.