Lord Street in Botany runs next to Mill Pond, one of our local water storages, and just along from Mill Pond Road. All have connections to part of our early history and in April that history will be the focus of a special lecture at the Central Library at Eastgardens. It’s all based on Simeon Lord who arrived on our shores in chains in 1791 and who ended up a very wealthy man. A businessman, a banker and, not so desirable, someone involved in whaling, also built a flour mill at Botany. He dammed a local creek to generate power for the mill, hence Mill Pond and forever left his mark on our area. The lecture Simeon Lord – From Chains to Riches – will be held at the Library on April 17 at 2.00pm. The lecture, which is part of the 2010 National Trust Heritage Festival, will be delivered by Council’s Heritage Reference Librarian Mark Butler. It’s free but you will need to book by calling the Central Library on 9366 3888.