Back to 1819: The Fight between Lachlan Macquarie and John Thomas Bigge

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Back to 1819: The Fight between Lachlan Macquarie and John Thomas Bigge

When Governor Macquarie came in, NSW shifted from being only a penal colony to a proper ‘country’ in its own right. The powers-that-be in Britain worried that now transportation was no longer a

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When Governor Macquarie came in, NSW shifted from being only a penal colony to a proper ‘country’ in its own right. The powers-that-be in Britain worried that now transportation was no longer a deterrent and they sent a special commissioner, John Bigge, to see if he could change the tide. What was Macquarie’s response, and what were the consequences of the fight between the two men?