12 Sep 1812 - Govt herds branded

#OnThisDay 12 September 1812 Governor Macquarie ordered the branding of all cattle in the Government herds. There were about 3,700 horned cattle along with about 1,170 sheep and over 70 horses in the Government herds at the time and they were vital to the burgeoning agricultural development of the State. 

In April 1813 Macquarie dismissed the Superintendent of Government Stock, John Jamieson, along with all the overseers and stockmen of the Government herds in an attempt to stop the ongoing theft of cattle. 

As part of the State archives we hold a number of large stock brand directories dating back to 1873.