… the beauty and the magnificence of the surrounding scenery, cannot be surpassed by many places, in the world …

“abounds in the finest harbours imagineable” (Stirling)

“decisive of the general character of the Australian interior” (Sturt)

“The capabilities of this most important possession to the British interest are too numerous for the undersigned here to set forth” (Peel)

“the glorious race across the continent” (Sir Henry Barkly)

A balloon view of Sydney

A groundbreaking geological map of Australia

Australia

Bigge’s damning report of Macquarie’s tenure as emancipist Governor of the Colony of New South Wales

First inklings of self-government and nationhood for Australia

Fixing the Centre of the Continent of Australia

Half a tent is better than none …