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Blog post from Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

On this day, March 10, 1794 Reverend Samuel Marsden arrived in the Colony of New South Wales. He became the first rector of the St John’s Church Parramatta from its opening in 1803 and he was buried there when he died in 1838. Marsden was the second clergyman to arrive in NSW.

Appalled by the vice and immorality amongst the convicts, he was determined to establish moral order in the colony. As a magistrate, he developed a reputation for his harsh punishments and became known as the “flogging parson”.

See our Discover Collections feature on Samuel Marsden. There is also a description of his difficult relationship with the governor, Lachlan Macquarie.

The State Library of New South Wales holds many manuscripts relating to Reverend Samuel Marsden, including his personal papers 1810-1833.

Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

[Reverend Samuel Marsden, 1833 / watercolour possibly by Richard Read Junior]