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People and Places

Governors

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Arthur Phillip

1788-1792 - First Governor of New South Wales

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Major Francis Grose

1792-1794 administered
1808-1809 administered

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Captain William Paterson

1794-1795 administered
1809 administrered

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Captain John Hunter

1795-1800

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Captain Philip Gidley King

1800-1806

Colonial Governors
Captain William Bligh

109-1808

Colonial Governors
Major George Johnson

1808-1809 administered

Colonial Governors
Major Lachlan Macquarie

1810-1821

Colonial Governors
Major-General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane

1821-1825

Colonial Governors
Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling

1825-1831

Colonal Patrick Lindesay
22nd October to 2nd December, 1831: Colonal Patrick Lindesay administered.

Major-General Sir Richard Bourke
3rd December, 1831 to 5th December, 1837: Major-General Sir Richard Bourke, Governor

Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Snodgrass
6th December, 1837 to 23rd February, 1838: Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Snodgrass administered.

Sir George Gipps
24th February, 1838 to July 11, 1846: Sir George Gipps, Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of NSW and Van Dieman's Land and their dependencies.

Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy
12th July, 1846 to 17th January, 1855: Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy. Civilian Administrator, Captain- General and Governor-in-Chief of NSW, Van Diemen's Land and South Australia and their dependencies.

Sir William Thomas Denison
20th January, 1855 to 21st January, 1861: Sir William Thomas Denison, Governor-General of her Majesty's colonies of NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Lieutenant-Colonel John Francis Kempt
22nd January to 21st March, 1861: Lieutenant-Colonel John Francis Kempt administered.

Sir John Young ( later Lord Lisgar)
22nd March, 1861 to 7th January, 1868: Sir John Young ( later Lord Lisgar), Captain- General, Governor-General-in-Chief and Vice-Admiral of NSW and its dependencies.

Earl of Belmore (Sir Somerset Richard Lowry-Corry)
8th January, 1868 to 22nd February, 1872: Earl of Belmore (Sir Somerset Richard Lowry-Corry), Governor, Commander-in-Chief and Vice-Admiral of NSW.

Sir Alfred Stephen
23rd February to 2nd June, 1872: Sir Alfred Stephen administered.

Sir Hercules George Robert Robinson ( later Lord Rosemead)
3rd June, 1872 to 19th March, 1879: Sir Hercules George Robert Robinson ( later Lord Rosemead), Governor.

Sir Alfred Stephen
20th March to 3rd August, 1879: Sir Alfred Stephen administered.

Baron Loftus (Augustus William Frederick Spencer)
4th August, 1870 to 9th November, 1885: Baron Loftus (Augustus William Frederick Spencer), Governor-in-Chief of NSW and its dependencies.

Sir Alfred Stephen
10th November, 1885 to 11th December, 1885: Sir Alfred Stephen administered.

Baron Carrington (Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington)
12th December, 1885 to 2nd November, 1890: Baron Carrington (Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington), Governor.

Sir Alfred Stephen
3rd November, 1890 to 14th January, 1891: Sir Alfred Stephen administered.

Earl of Jersey (Rt Hon Albert George Child Villliers)
15th January, 1891 to 2nd March, 1893: Earl of Jersey (Rt Hon Albert George Child Villliers) Governor.

Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley
3rd March to 28th May, 1893: Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley administered.

Rt Hon Sir Robert William Duff
29th May, 1893 to 15th March, 1895: Rt Hon Sir Robert William Duff, Governor.

Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley
16th March to 21st November, 1895: Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley administered.

Viscount Hampden (Rt Hon Henry Robert Brand)
22nd November, 1895 to 4th March, 1899: Viscount Hampden (Rt Hon Henry Robert Brand), Governor.

Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley
5th March to 17th May, 1899: Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley administered.

Earl Beauchamp (Rt Hon William Lygon)
18th May, 1899 to 30th April, 1901: Earl Beauchamp (Rt Hon William Lygon), Governor.

The Faces Behind The Names

William Redfern

William Redfern

William Redfern (1774 - 17 July 1833) was an English-raised surgeon in early colonial Australia who was transported to New South Wales as a convict for his role in the Mutiny on the Nore.

James Ruse

James Ruse

James Ruse (9 August 1760  5 September 1837) was a First fleet convict who was emancipated soon after arrival in New South Wales. Ruse arrived on the convict transport Charlotte. Ruse applied to Governor Arthur Phillip for a land grant, stating that he had been bred to farming.

William Balmain

William Balmain

William Balmain (2 February 1762  17 November 1803), a Scottish-born naval surgeon and civil administrator, sailed as an assistant surgeon with the First Fleet to establish the first European settlement in Australia, and later to take up the appointment of the principal surgeon, for New South Wales.

Henry Hacking

Henry Hacking

William Balmain (2 February 1762  17 November 1803), a Scottish-born naval surgeon and civil administrator, sailed as an assistant surgeon with the First Fleet to establish the first European settlement in Australia, and later to take up the appointment of the principal surgeon, for New South Wales.

William Bradley

William Bradley

William Bradley (1758 13 March 1833) was a British naval officer and cartographer who was one of the officers who participated in the First Fleet to Australia. During this expedition, Bradley undertook extensive surveys and became one of the first of the settlers to establish relations with the aborigines, with whom he struck up a dialogue and whose customs and nature he studied extensively.

Joseph Foveaux

Joseph Foveaux

Joseph Foveaux (1767 - 20 March 1846) entered the British Army as an ensign in the 60th Regiment in May 1789. He arrived in Sydney in 1792 and quickly quickly rose to the fore. He was soon appointed Commandant at Parramatta, effectively making him the civilian as well as military Commander for twelve months from May 1792.

Mary Reibey

Mary Reibey/Reiby

Originally a convict deported to Australia, Mary Reibey nee Haydock (12 May 1777  30 May 1855) was viewed by her contemporaries as a role model of success and became legendary as a successful businesswoman in the colony of New South Wales. Mary Reibey contributed enormously to the city s economy, architecture and society in the 1800s.

David Lennox

David Lennox

David Lennox (1788-1873) was born at Ayr, Scotland. Lennox Bridge, which takes the road over Lapstone Creek, is the oldest surviving as well as the first scientifically designed stone-arch bridge on the Australian mainland. It was the first of a number of bridges David Lennox designed and constructed in and around Sydney.

Henry Apperly

Henry Apperly

David Lennox (1788-1873) was born at Ayr, Scotland. Lennox Bridge, which takes the road over Lapstone Creek, is the oldest surviving as well as the first scientifically designed stone-arch bridge on the Australian mainland. It was the first of a number of bridges David Lennox designed and constructed in and around Sydney.

William Dawes

William Dawes

Lieutenant William Dawes arrived in Sydney as part of the First Fleet in 1788. He stayed in the young colony for less than four years, but in that time he made a significant, lasting impact on Sydney's long term development like few other First Fleeters. Besides Sydney, Augustus Alt and Dawes also laid out the settlements of Parramatta and Tongabby.

Peter Hibbs

Peter Hibbs

First Fleeter Peter Hibbs was a pioneer settler on the Hawkesbury River. Hibbs claimed, and there is some evidence, albeit circumstantial, that he had visited Botany Bay in 1770 as a cabin boy aboard James Cook's Endeavour. If that is so, he would be the only member of Cook's expedition to have returned to Australia with the First Fleet.

George Cribb

George Cribb

George Cribb, after whom Cribb Lane in The Rocks is named, was one of the rogues of colonial Sydney. Cribb hd quite a reputation, which included being a butcher, cattle thief, illegal grog distiller, hotelier and bigamist. The remains of Cribb's home can be seen in The Rocks at the Big Dig site.

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