Wattle Flat community celebrates author’s achievement

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The Wattle Flat Progress Association celebrated the launch of Angela Sanderson’s historical fiction, The Vineyard, at its recreation grounds clubhouse before it was officially launched by the Parramatta and District Historical Society on Monday night, 15 March, 2021.

More than 30 people attended the event with the Bathurst Harp Ensemble performing a special piece of music composed for Angela who lives in Wattle Flat.

The book took Angela years to research the story of the first free settler farm granted by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1791 to Philip Schaeffer, a little known German free settler who arrived in the colony with his daughter in 1790. Her story is told through the families that lived at The Vineyard, on the Parramatta River at Ryde and the events that surrounded them. They were all prominent colonists and included Waterhouse, Cox, Blaxland and Macarthur. It was renamed Subiaco when it was purchased for the Benedictine nuns and later demolished for a carpark in the early 1960s.