#OnThisDay 3 January 1826 Alexander Macleay arrived in Sydney onboard the Marquis of Hastings to take over the post of Colonial Secretary from Frederick Goulburn. Macleay introduced a new organisational system, based on provenance, to the correspondence of his office. This means that the letters were organised by government department and miscellaneous (such as private individuals).
Behind the Scenes
In this episode Martyn highlights one of the most valuable and iconic parts of the State Archives collection: the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. If you're researching someone who was a convict, free immigrant, someone who was naturalised, sent to gaol, or admitted to an asylum you may find references to them in these records.