On This Day

12 Dec 1885 - Lord Carrington appointed Governor of NSW

On 12 December 1885 Charles Robert Carrington, Lord Carington, began his tenure as Governor of New South Wales

Large 2 storey building with deep verandahs, steps leading to lower verandah and bushes and driveway in the foreground.
Museum stories

A rum deal

When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital

Portrait of man in uniform with black hat, standing on beach with ship and small boat in background.

Ambition and adventure: the early life of Arthur Phillip

We looked back at the early life of Phillip, who had enjoyed an extraordinary career before he even set foot on a boat bound for Botany Bay.

Paintings from the Lord Carrington Address showing landscape and local fauna vignettes

Carrington albums – illuminated addresses

On 2nd January 2014 State Records NSW received 22 Presentation albums from the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Convict Sydney

For the civic good

With the Napoleonic Wars over in 1815 and Britain crowded with returned soldiers, poverty and crime, part two finds the colony swamped with incoming convicts.


How were convicts rewarded for good behaviour?

While some convicts broke the rules and were punished, most of them worked hard and tried to stay out of trouble

First Nations

Massacre at Appin, 17 April 1816

On the early morning of 17 April 1816 at least 14 people of the Dharawal tribe were killed when James Wallis’ detachment encountered a camp at Appin near the banks of the Cataract River

Convict Sydney

Thomas Brisbane

Brisbane came to the colony with a clear mandate to get tough on convicts and support large scale farming

Veranda on south face of Throsby Park house, Moss Vale

Throsby Park: a comfortable residence

Throsby Park is a colonial homestead and farming estate near Moss Vale, about 140 km south of Sydney