The name of William Gore, whose loyalty to controversial Governor William Bligh cost him two years’ hard labour in Newcastle coal mines after his arrest by the Rum Corps, is inextricably woven into the fabric of Sydney’s Lower North Shore suburb of Artarmon.
After his reinstatement by Lachlan Macquarie in 1810, Gore took up a grant of 58ha of farming land which he named Artarmon after his home in Ireland. The present railway station sits in the centre of that original farm.
His name also lives on in Gore Hill and the attendant cemetery. The first burials took place at Gore Hill in 1868 and many notables were interred in the grounds, including Australia’s first test cricket captain Dave Gregory, who lay in an unmarked, overgrown grave for many years until a public rally raised funds for an appropriate tombstone in the 1980s.
Artarmon is part of the Willoughby municipality whose business and shopping heart is centred on Chatswood which is just a few kilometres to the north. Chatswood is one of the great shopping and restaurant centres in Sydney and offers just about every level of shops from multi-floor department stores to specialty boutiques and every type of food on the ethnic map.