The Governor - Lachlan Macquarie 1810 to 1821 | State Library of New South Wales
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The Governor The Governor - Lachlan Macquarie 1810 to 1821

Lachlan Macquarie's signatureLachlan Macquarie was appointed as the fifth Governor of New South Wales in 1809. An energetic and enthusiastic administrator, he strove to accelerate the development of New South Wales from a penal outpost to a thriving imperial colony.

During his administration he strove to impose order, embed social reforms and encourage territorial and economic expansion. He was responsible for an extensive public works program and some of his buildings still adorn cities and country towns today.

Although not always appreciated in his own time, he is now admired as a great improver and the most enlightened and progressive of our early governors.

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