Macquarie Fields High School, NSW
Conservatorium of Music Open Day Poem, 2010
All student poems
- a poetic response to Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s inaugural speech, 1810 written by students at Macquarie Fields High School, 2010 - Nine Visions For Citizens and Soldiers
Macquarie Fields High School is located in Sydney's south-west, and is a combined comprehensive and selective school.
Australian poet, Lachlan Brown worked with a select group of students from Macquarie Fields High School to interpret Macquarie’s well-known inauguration speech as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day.
This project invited the poet and students to utilise the Conservatorium as the site of a musical society that was uniquely shaped by Macquarie’s vision. Through a series of workshops the students created their own poem and performed this piece at the unveiling of the Macquarie statue at the opening ceremony. The poem, 'Nine Visions for Citizens and Soldiers', was a highly anticipated part of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Open Day celebrations. The students recently recorded this poem.
Lachlan Brown grew up in Macquarie Fields in Western Sydney. His first book of poetry, Limited Cities (Giramondo 2012), was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Lachlan's poems have appeared in journals including Cordite, Mascara, and Tincture. He teaches and researches at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.