Blog post from Thursday, 19 June, 2014

On this day, 19th June 1822, John Thomas Bigge’s Report of the Commissioner of Inquiry into The State of the Colony of New South Wales, was published by the House of Commons.

Bigge was appointed as a royal commissioner on 5 January 1819 with instructions to investigate all areas of the Colony, including the civil administration, courts, church and the convict establishment. Bigge’s report opposed Governor Macquarie’s emancipist policies and favoured a return to convict transportation as punitive.

In his report, Thomas Bigge also questioned Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s fondness for architecture ‘finished in a style of ornament and decoration little suited to the limited means of so young a colony as New South Wales.’

Bigge interfered in the governor’s work with the architect Francis Greenway which led to the ultimate breakdown of their previously positive relationship.

See more about the Bigge Report on the State Library of New South Wales Discover Collections feature.

John Thomas Bigge, 1819? / portrait after Thomas Uwins PM153