BIOGRAPHICAL RECOUNT 1.

Generic structure The purpose of a biographical recount is to inform by retelling past events and achievements in a person’s life. The texts consist of three parts: a) Part 1: orientation It given the reader the background information as two why this person is Noteworthy and should have a biography written about the. The opening paragraph should answer the questions: who, what, where, when, and how. b) Part 2: series It presents a series of events, usually told in chronological order. Here the writer might refer to a certain time on line. c) Part 3: reorientation It consists of a type of conclusion with a comment on the contributions this person has made or a summary and evaluation of the person’s achievement. 2. a) b) c) d) Language Features A biographical recount uses specific names of the people involved in the biography. It is mainly written in simple past tense (the final paragraph could also include the present tense) A biographical recount also uses liking word to do with time. A biographical recount describes events, so it uses many verb or action verb.

Biographical Recount – Francis Greenway Francis Greenway was a famous convict who was born in England in 1777. His family were builders, stonemasons and architects. In 1809 Greenway became bankrupt and so he decided to forge a contract. As a result of this crime he was sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for 14 years. This was in 1812. Two years later, in 1814, he arrived in Sydney with a letter of recommendation from ex-governor Hunter. In response to this recommendation, a ticket-of-leave was granted to him and this enabled him to establish his own business as an architect. In March 1816 Greenway was appointed to the position of civil Architect and Assistant Engineer by Governor Macquarie. For his work he received a salary of 3 shillings (30c) per day. For six years Greenway designed and supervised the construction of many buildings which have since become part of Australia‘s colonial heritage. These include St. Matthew’s Church, Windsor; St Luke’s Church, Liverpool; St. James’ Church, Sydney; parts of Old Government House, Parramatta; Government House Stables (now the Conservatorium of Music), Sydney; the Old Hospital, Liverpool; and Hyde Park Barracks (in Macquarie Street, Sydney). The friendship between Macquarie and Greenway, however, did not last – one of the reasons was connected to Greenway’s salary. After Macquarie had been sent back to England, Greenway received only limited work from the new Governor, Brisbane. His temper did not help him to win friends or work. Before long, Greenway’s health began to fail and he fell into poverty. After his wife’s death he was tricked out of his property and, in 1837, at the age of sixty he died so poor that his grave did not have a headstone. Greenway has been described as stubborn, arrogant, temperamental and egotistical. Some even argue that his designs are mere copies and too extravagant. However, Greenway was also a man of great

ability, imagination and energy, and he is remembered by many people as Australia’s first architect. Most of his buildings are now part of Australia’s valued colonial heritage.