#OnThisDay 19 June 1822 Commissioner John Bigge's report, "The State of the Colony of New South Wales" was printed by the House of Commons in England. Bigge was appointed as a royal commissioner on 5 January 1819 with instructions to investigate all areas of the Colony, including the civil administration, courts, church and the convict establishment. Bigge's report opposed Macquarie's emancipist policies and favoured a return to convict transportation as punitive.
Source: State Library of New South Wales. (2021). Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). The Bigge Report