Governor Macquarie

Governor Macquarie

Governor Macquarie: his life, times and revolutionary vision for Australia

Lachlan Macquarie was Australia’s most ambitious Governor. Born on the Isle of Ulva, he had an Army career, fighting in the American war, and then extensively in India, before finding himself almost by accident appointed Governor of New South Wales in a country which he was the first to name Australia. He was ambitious to make the country more than a dumping-ground for convicts, he designed the town of Sydney and saw it begin to develop into a city, established the earliest towns in the surrounding countryside, and advanced the cause of those convicts who rehabilitated themselves and became the founders of the country and its success. Worn out by over-work and continual fights with a mean-spirited and constricting English Government, and by the opposition of jealous rivals in the colony, he returned to England ostensibly a failure, unrewarded for his years of work, denied even his rightful pension. Nevertheless, he was a true founder of modern Australia, and a great Man.

Governor Macquarie (Woodslane, ISBN 978-1-921606-91-5)