Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825

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McPherson, Peter (Per "Somersetshire") to Macquarie, Lachlan (1811)

MCPHERSON, Peter. Per "Somersetshire", 1814; husband of Mary


Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3222; 4/1866 p.74)


Stonemason. Memorial (Fiche 3049; 4/1830 No.239)

1822 Jun 10

Applying to rent a house previously occupied by Mr Prince on Brickfield Hill (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.118)

1823 Jul 10

On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Sydney (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.147)

1823 Jul 30

Petition for mitigation of his sentence by his wife Mary (Fiche 3234; 4/1870 p.25)

1823 Aug 12

Re cancellation of his ticket of leave (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.59)

1824 c.Apr, Oct 8

Stonemason. Assigned convict mechanic whose master was a defaulter in payment for (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265f; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.5)

1825 Nov

To be granted a conditional pardon (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 pp.48, 76)


1819 Jan 20

Re convict indent for his wife Mary Scott (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.273)

MACPHILLIMY, William (Per "Sir William Bensley", 1817) see MCPHELLIMY, William

MCPIKE, Bernard (Per "Chapman", 1817) see MCPEAKE, Bernard

MCPIKE, Hugh (Per "Chapman", 1817) see MCPEAKE, Hugh


MCQUADE, Edward. Per "Guildford", 1816

1816 Apr 15

On list of convicts disembarked from the "Guildford" and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.465)

1819 May

Servant of Thomas Rudd, settler of district of Airds. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3197; 4/1859 pp.39-39b)

MCQUADE, James. Per "Prince Regent", 1824

1824 Jul 21

On list of convicts landed from the "Prince Regent" and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution; listed as McQueade (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.1)

1824 Dec 31

Of George Cox's Clearing Party. On return of fines and punishments inflicted by the Bench of Evan (Reel 6023; 4/6671 p.79)


1822 May 20

Attached to One Tree Hill Gang. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta (Fiche 3297; X643 p.12)

MCQUADE, Michael

1824 Jan 1-1825 Jan 28

On pay lists of constables employed at Sydney (Reel 6029; 4/7016C pp.17-381; Reel 6030; 4/7016D pp.17-41)

1824 May 29-Jul 24

On lists of constables doing duty at the Hyde Park Prisoners' Barracks who are entitled to a weekly ration (Reel 6061; 4/1779 pp.102, 121, 141, 156, 165 & 4/1780 pp.192, 209, 224)

MCQUADE, Michael. Per "Morley", 1817 and "Almorah", 1820

1817 Apr 18

On list of convicts disembarked from the "Morley" and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.117)


On list of convicts at Port Macquarie; listed as McQueade (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.344-5)

1821 Feb 21

On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per "Elizabeth Henrietta" (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.142)

1821 Apr

On monthly return of prisoners punished at Newcastle; listed as McWade (Reel 6023; 4/1718 p.127)

1825 Nov

To be granted a conditional pardon; appears as McQueade (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 pp.46, 71)

MCQUADE, William. Per "Guildford", 1816; of district of Airds


Memorial (Fiche 3102; 4/1838B No.702 pp.1065-8)


1818 Oct 18-20

Gave evidence before enquiry held at sea on "Tyne" re conspiracy to take ship (Reel 6047; 4/1741 p.57)

MCQUAIN, John. Settler of Airds


Petition of his servant, Thomas Boyne, for a ticket of leave (Fiche 3183; 4/1854 p.25)

MACQUARIE. Colonel; brother of Governor Macquarie

1814 Nov 30

Re letter for to be sent per "Somersetshire" to Batavia for dispatch to England (Reel 6018; 4/3521 p.28)


1822 May 27, Aug 23

On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290, 4/4570D p.18; Fiche 3291, 4/4570D p.111)

1824 Dec 31

Paid from Colonial Fund (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.414)


1816 Mar 23

Rose Hill parrot sent to Miss Macquarie per "Emu" (Reel 6045; 4/1734 pp.124-7)

MACQUARIE, Archibald. Per "Isabella", 1818

1818 Oct 5

Name forwarded to the Judge Advocate re inquiry into his wounding on the "Isabella" (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.95)

1818 Oct 7-9

Wounded by Robert Hookes (Reel 6047; 4/1740 pp.327-33)

1821 Sep 8

Lightworker. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.100)

MACQUARIE, Elizabeth Henrietta. Wife of Governor

1810 Apr 23

Received collection of shells and rabbits from Lieutenant Purcell at Newcastle (Reel 6003; 4/3490A p.60)

1816 Dec 21

Appointed patroness of Female Orphan Institution (Reel 6038, SZ759 p.297; Reel 6046, 4/1736 p.24)

1818 Jul 25

Patroness of Female Orphan Institution, Parramatta (Reel 6047; 4/1740 pp.259-68)

1818 Oct 13

Suggesting improvements to the Female Orphan Institution (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.14)

1818 Dec 23

Advising Lieutenant Governor Sorell that she was seriously ill with dysentery (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.228)

1819 Jan 1

Constitution and Committee of Male Orphan Institution (Reel 6040; 4/400 p.10)

1819 Aug 25

Dissatisfied with rations and conduct of Female Orphan Institution (Reel 6040; 4/403 pp.28-32)

1820 May 17

Horse suitable for being sought (Reel 6050; 4/1747 pp.16-8)

1820 Jul 14

Recommendations re accommodation and employment of orphans (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.47)

1821 May 9, Nov 14

Re accommodation problems at Female Orphan Institution (Reel 6040; 4/403 pp.63-7, 81-2)

1821 Aug 1

Conveying her good wishes to Mrs Slade (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.235)

1822 Jan 16

James Erskine claiming that she provided her carpenter to make doors and lashes for his cottage; referred to in papers re charges brought against Major Druitt (Reel 6053; 4/1755 p.183)

1823 Oct 31

Shareholder in the Bank of New South Wales (Reel 6040; SZ1049 p.2)


H C Antill and Richard Fitzgerald stating that on Macquarie's departure they had been left in charge of some cattle belonging to Mrs Macquarie; requesting a land grant to her or her son to depasture them (Fiche 3142; 4/1843A No.498 pp.259-62)

1825 Nov 4

On list of persons who have received orders for reserves of land since 1 Jan 1825 (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.108)

MACQUARIE, Hector. Lieutenant 48th Regiment, Aide-de-Camp to and nephew of Governor

1819 Mar 27

Appointed aide-de camp to Governor (Reel 6048; 4/1742 pp.191-200)

1820 Mar 3

Witness to draft of grant of estate of the late George Johnston to his father, George Johnston (Reel 6049; 4/1744 pp.194-7)

1820 Jun 15-Aug 5

George and William Rouse tried for robbery of his house (Reel 6023; X820 p.15)

1820 Jul 24

Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy (Fiche 3305; SZ1006A pp.9-10)

1821 Aug 17

Memorial of Henry Dangar (Fiche 3036; 4/1826 No.33)

1821 Nov 24; 1823 Jan 20

Re apprehension, in 1820, of person attempting to break into his quarters (Fiche 3207, 4/1862 p.60; Fiche 3230, 4/1869 p.10)

1821 Nov 27

Application for leave of absence (Reel 6052; 4/1751 p.47)

1821 Nov 28

Leave of absence granted to (Reel 6051; 4/1749 pp.171-3)

1822 Jan 7

Listed on Colonial Fund statement (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.80)

MACQUARIE, Lachlan. Governor of New South Wales

Major-General Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824) was Governor of New South Wales from 1 January 1810 to 1December 1821. He arrived at Port Jackson on the "Dromedary" on 28 December 1809, accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth Henrietta (separate entry). Their only child, a son, Lachlan (separate entry), was born on 28 March 1814. The family left the colony on the "Surrey" on 15 February 1822.


Macquarie was a most prolific writer. During his period as Governor most public correspondence, proclamations, government and general orders, memorials, instructions, etc were either addressed to him or issued in his name, and frequently drafted or annotated in his hand. Hence it was not thought practical to make entries under his name for this vast wealth of material, as anyone interested in all aspects of his administration would need to study it in total. Therefore selective entries only appear here, encompassing all personal matters, material relating to the power or authority of his office or administrative arrangements, the most important instructions to public officials or explorers (particularly if drafted in his hand), a number of proclamations and government and general orders (again particularly if drafted in his hand), his correspondence with the civil and military authorities in England, and a selection of other matters that throw some light on the main issues of the day, his style of government and character.

1809 Oct 7

Admiral Sir A Bertie requesting his assistance in procuring coal from New South Wales for H.M. ships at Cape of Good Hope (Reel 6042; 9/2736 pp.16-7)

1809 Dec 28

Lieutenant Governor Paterson prevented by ill health from waiting on him on board "Dromedary" (Reel 6042, 9/2736 p.1; Reel 6041; 4/1722 p.96)

1809 Dec 28,30

Informing Colonel Paterson of his arrival (Reel 6002; 4/3490B p.1)

1809 Dec 30

Arrangements for his arrival (Reel 6040, ML Safe 1/51 pp.159, 162; Reel 6042, 9/2736 p.1)

1809 Dec 31

Official landing at Sydney fixed for 31 Dec 1809, troops to be in readiness to receive him (Reel 6042; 9/2736 p.1)

1809 Dec 31

Regimental orders re landing of and reading of commission (Reel 6037; SZ993 pp.223-4)

1810 Jan 1

Re appointment (Reel 6037; SZ993 pp.233-4)

1810 Jan 1

Proclamation re reinstatement of Bligh prior to Macquarie taking office (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.151-2; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.103)

1810 Jan 3

On list of persons holding civil and military employment at Sydney and settlements adjacent (Fiche 3300; 2/8332 p.1)

1810 Jan 4

Proclamation revoking all appointments, trials, grants of land since the arrest and removal of William Bligh (Reel 6042, 4/1723 pp.2-6; Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.153-5; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.3-6)

1810 Jan 4

Proclamation indemnifying magistrates, jailors & constables against prosecution from acts taken since Bligh's removal except those not warranted by laws of England (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.156-8; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.10-2)

1810 Jan 6

Advising William Bligh of his arrival in Sydney and of his taking charge of the Colony (Reel 6003; 4/3490A pp.1-5)

1810 Jan 6

Advising Lieutenant Governor David Collins of his arrival in Sydney and of his taking charge of the Colony (Reel 6003; 4/3490A pp.6-10)

1810 Jan 10

Proclamation declaring void all appointments, land grants and trials since arrest and removal of Bligh (Reel 6039; SZ756 pp.641-3)

1810 Jan 11

Granting permission to Lieutenant Colonel Foveaux to return to England; undertaking to protect public officers from vindictive prosecution (Reel 6002, 4/3490B pp.26-7; Reel 6042, 4/1723 pp.89-90). Reply, 12 Dec (Reel 6042; 4/1725 p.228)

1810 Jan 13

Order for all public accounts to be closed up to the period of his taking charge (Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.13-4; Reel 6040, ML Safe 1/51 pp.165-6)

1810 Jan 22

Giving grounds for his refusal of Lieutenant A Bell's request to remain in Colony and cultivate lands granted by Colonel Paterson (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.107, 110)

1810 Jan 24-1821 Jul 4

Correspondence concerning his administration of Van Diemen's Land, mostly in his own hand. A list of these papers was filmed at the beginning of each reel (Reel 6071-2; 4/6576-9)

1810 Jan 27

Lord & Williams, Riley and Kent submitting scheme for flax cultivation & manufacture in New South Wales, & interim establishment of small plant in New Zealand (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.165-9)

1810 Jan 27

Letters from Colonel Foveaux re command of 102nd Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel Johnston, Colonel Paterson and himself; claiming to have checked irregularities in discipline and to have re-inforced Regulations which had been neglected; seeking permission for Lieutenant Finucane to accompany him to England (Reel 6042; 9/2736 pp.55-7)

1810 Jan 27, Feb 2

William Collins seeking approval for "Union" to go on trading voyage to Cape of Good Hope with cargo of spars and to bring back articles for Sydney Market (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.170-1, 186-7). Refused, 27 Jan (Reel 6042; 4/1723 p.171)

1810 Feb 16

Minute endorsed on memorial of Nicholas Divine granting him a pension (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.196-9)

1810 Feb 24

Proclamation re immorality and illegal cohabitation in Colony (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.159-61; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.23-6; Reel 6039, SZ756 pp.579-81)

1810 Mar 17, Apr 11

Minutes endorsed on letters from Captain Clarke asking for enquiry into reports of disputes with Captain Maclaine on board "Ann"; considered enquiry unnecessary unless charges of sufficient importance against Maclaine were brought forward; subsequent action (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.223, 263-4)

1810 Mar 21

Allowed importation by J Underwood of 7,000 gallons of good Bengal spirits on own private account (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.232-5)

1810 Apr 30

Suggestion by, conveyed to Home Authorities, that a Government colonial bank be established in New South Wales, met with the disapproval of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.126-7)

1810 May 1

Assented to drawing of salaries by William Hutchinson and Thomas Macqueen whilst employed at Norfolk Island under Captain Piper (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.291-2)

1810 Jun 1

G W Evans sending plans and offering to provide sketches if accompanying him on proposed country tours (Reel 6042; 4/1723 pp.306-7)

1810 Jun 26

Approving purchase by Revd Robert Cartwright of three cows from the Government herd (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.24-5)

1810 Jun 30

Proclamation re issuing of promissory notes and liability for (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.162-4; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.32-4)

1810 Jul 3

Proclamation re recovery of small debts and scale of fees (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.165-8; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.36-42)

1810 Jul 5-1812 Jun 24

Re erection of new residence and office for the Judge Advocate (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.237-54)

1810 Jul 23

Agreement with Thomas Legg for the erection of new military barracks (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.56-9)

1810 Jul 25

Approving old granary at Parramatta being used as a barrack for female convicts; no buildings to be repaired without his approval (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.313-4)

1810 Aug 11

Order for prevention of sale of clothing and bedding issued to prisoners; arrangements for issue of clothing to certain Government employees (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.80-2)

1810 Aug 21

Agreements with Thomas Boulton for erection of stone walls, one alongside the Government garden (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.90-105)

1810 Sep 5

Approving request from inhabitants of Parramatta for a Public Pound (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.126-7)

1810 Sep 27

Proclamation against profiteering or any practices intended to enhance the price of necessary victuals and provisions (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.169-70; Reel 6039, 4/426 p.42-4)

1810 Oct 1

Instructions for the guidance & Government of Lieutenant Purcell, Commandant at Newcastle (Reel 6066; 4/1804 pp.37-44)

1810 Nov 3

Proclamation re Court of Civil Judicature (Reel 6038; SZ1044 pp.171-2)

1810 Nov 6

Concerned that an understanding be reached with hostile Aborigines in Van Diemen's Land (Reel 6003; 4/3490A p.130)

1810 Dec 1,5

Address from Settlers of the Hawkesbury and his reply (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.128-30)

1810 Dec 15

Directing Lieutenant Colonel O'Connell, Commander of 73rd Regiment, to assemble his officers, & inform them that they were not to engage in any commercial, agricultural or grazing speculations (Reel 6042; 4/1725 pp.230-1)

1810 Dec 15

Report on his tour of inspection through the various districts of the Colony (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.131-6)

1810 Dec 22

Proclamation re recovery of small debts at local Courts (Reel 6038; SZ1044 pp.173-6)

1811 Jan 1

Anniversary Address presented to him by the Principal Inhabitants and his reply (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.157-9)

1811 Jan 1

Instructions to Captain Archibald John Maclaine, Barrack Master at Sydney (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.17-20)

1811 Jan 1

Memorandum re distribution of oil to barracks, etc (Reel 6043; 4/1726 p.21)

1811 Jan 3

Orders re his visit of inspection to Newcastle (Reel 6066; 4/1804 p.51)

1811 Jan 8

Returned to Sydney from Newcastle (Reel 6003; 4/3492 p.88)

1811 Jan 26

Proclamation against illicit production and sale of spirituous liquors (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.177-80; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.46-9; Reel 6043, 4/1726 pp.6-16)

1811 Mar 29

Memorandum of points to discuss and give orders on to Mr Jamieson, Superintendent of Government Stock (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.47, 103)

1811 Mar 30

Proclamation of regulations re sale and removal of wines and spirituous liquors (Reel 6038, SZ1044 pp.181-7; Reel 6039, 4/426 pp.52-60; Reel 6043, 4/1726 pp.55-75)

1811 Mar 30

Proclamation of turnpike road between Sydney and Parramatta, regulations and schedule of tolls (Reel 6038; SZ1044 pp.188-92; Reel 6045, 4/1733 p.46; Reel 6043, 4/1726 pp.77-82)

1811 May 16

Award given by on appeal of W Jenkins against decision of Court of Civil Jurisdiction (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.224-5)

1811 May 16

Had authority to decide on appeals made against decisions of the Court of Civil Jurisdiction where sum in dispute did not exceed L=300 (Reel 6043; 4/1726 p.224)

1811 Sep 18

Commission to William Henry, missionary, to act as magistrate for Otaheite and the adjacent islands, and extract from his resignation dated 27 Sep 1821 (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.165-8)

1811 Oct 4

Regretting inability to comply with Captain Brooks' request for permission to land spirits for private use (Reel 6043; 4/1726 p.266)

1811 Oct 29

Ordering the firing of a salute from Dawe's Battery during ceremony of laying first stone for new General Hospital (Reel 6043; 4/1726 p.184)

1811 Oct 30

Instructions to Lieutenant Governor O'Connell during the absence of the Governor on a tour of inspection of Van Diemen's Land (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.185-96)

1811 Nov; 1812 Jan 11

Address from Inhabitants of the Derwent and his reply (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.261-3)

1811 Nov 12

Sailed on "Lady Nelson" to visit Van Diemen's Land (Reel 6003; 4/3492 p.78)

1811 Nov 30, Dec 14

Address from Inhabitants of New Norfolk and Port Dalrymple and his replies (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.263-6)

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