Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Sir William Macarthur on Vines and Vineyards

Two important publication by Sir William Macarthur are now available for viewing or downloading on Hortus Camdenensis. A booklet, ‘Some Account of the Vineyards at Camden’ is a most interesting publication, only some four pages of text, because it accompanied a collection of wine to be exhibited at the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851. James and William Macarthur considered this to be an excellent opportunity to showcase Australian wines. 

‘Letters on the Culture of the Vine’ is a much more adventurous undertaking, consisting of an introduction and 18 Letters, or chapters. These have been published as 10 essays each consisting of 1-3 letters with a common theme. This was a very important book in the history of Australian winemaking, published in 1844 and written very much from the perspective of an experienced Australian winemaker. William Macarthur originally wrote the Letters under the pen name of Maro in The Australian newspaper.

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Colin Mills

Date published

Aug 01, 2010 - 04:58 PM

Date last edited

Oct 04, 2010 - 04:47 PM

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