Australian History Page

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Chronological History of Joseph Herbert

Chronological History of John Herbert Jnr.

Chronological History of James Herbert Snr.


Australian Museum

History of the Horse - for Kids

History of Indigenous Australians

Aboriginal Australia

Discovery of Terra Australis:

Exploration of Australia

Territorial Evolution

Colonial Flags of Australia

Governors of NSW since 1788

The office has its origin in the 18th century colonial governors of New South Wales beginning at the start of European settlement in 1788 and, thus is the oldest continuous institution in Australia. The present incarnation of the position emerged with the Federation of Australia and the New South Wales Constitution Act 1902, which defined the viceregal office as the Governor acting by and with the Advice of the Executive Council of New South Wales. However, the post still ultimately represented the government of the United Kingdom until, after continually decreasing involvement by the British government, the passage in 1942 of the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 (see Statute of Westminster) and the Australia Act 1986, whereafter the governor became the direct, personal representative of the uniquely Australian sovereign.