New South Wales

Photo: Government House, Sydney

Sir Charles Augustus’ final appointment was as tenth Governor of New South Wales, becoming Australia’s first Governor-General in 1850.

It was a challenging time for him as he administered a colony in the grip of dissatisfaction with squatters’ rights and crown land issues. During his tenure

Lady Mary died; explorers such as Leichhardt and Kennedy sacrificed their lives as they ventured into the country’s interior; gold fever gripped the colony as thousands dug in search of their fortunes; wool made its mark and commerce grew in strength.