On this day in 1810 Lachlan Macquarie was sworn in as the fifth Governor of New South Wales. He had arrived, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, in Port Jackson on 28 December 1809 after a seven month voyage from England. Macquarie's emancipist vision for the Colony led to social, architectural and economic reform and development. Macquarie resigned on 1 December 1821 and died in London on 1 July 1824.
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.
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Lachlan Macquarie became Governor of New South Wales on 1st January 1810. This gallery celebrates Macquarie by featuring iconic documents (together with transcriptions with some interpretation) from the wealth of Macquarie related material in our collection.