Scallywags & Scoundrels in early NSW

Tales of some of the more colourful characters who lived in Sydney in the early days of the colony.

Blackmailing the Governor

In 1817 Governor Macquarie instituted a much expended public works programme to employ the increasing numbers of convicts arriving in NSW. But the building of one iconic building led to a change in regulations and a three-week strike in which the convi … Continue reading “Blackmailing the Governor”