This note is from the first year of decimal paper production.
There is some very light edge wear on the upper edge and some light crinkling but overall for its age it is a remarkable example.
This banknote will do justice to any collection and is a lovely item to put away for future investment.
Obverse:Francis Howard Greenway (20 November 1777 – September 1837) was an iconic colonial architect in Australia.
Reverse:Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922) was an Australian writer and poet . Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period, and is often called Australia’s “greatest writer”.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel
Between 1816 and 1818, while still a convict, Greenway was responsible for the design and construction of the Macquarie Lighthouse on the South Head at the entrance to Port Jackson. After the success of this project he was emancipated by the governor Lachlan Macquarie, and in the role of Acting Civil Architect and Assistant Engineer responsible to Captain J. M. Gill, Inspector of Public Works, went on to build many significant buildings in the new colony.
Greenway’s works include Hyde Park Barracks, the Government House and what is considered to be his masterpiece; St James’ Church, Sydney (chosen as one of Australia’s only two man-made ‘treasures’ by Dan Cruickshank in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Treasures). There are still 49 buildings in central Sydney attributed to Greenway’s designs.
Greenway fell into disrepute when Macquarie accused him of charging high fees whilst on a government retainer, and he was dismissed by the next governor, Thomas Brisbane, in 1822. He continued to follow his profession with little success. Although he got his grant of land, he does not appear to have received the promised cattle.
In 1835, he advertised that “Francis Howard Greenway, arising from circumstances of a singular nature is induced again to solicit the patronage of his friends and the public”. In other words, he was destitute.
Greenway died of typhoid near Newcastle in 1837, aged 59. The exact date of his death is not known. He was buried in the Glebe Cemetery at East Maitland on 25 September 1837, but his grave is unmarked.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.