Lachlan Macquarie

Lachlan Macquarie the governor of New South Wales (1810-1821). Governor Macquarie was responsible for the construction of Sydney's first public buildings and was responsible for setting the boundaries of Sydney's grid of streets. Macquarie had great ambitions for the new settlement and together with ex-convict architect Francis Greenaway set about to change the face of the city. Some critised the rather extravagant buildings being constructed in a pioneer settlement whilst many saw the once chaotic settlement turn into a town of beauty. Extravagant, ambitious or just plain crazy Macquarie and Greenaway left a lasting impression on the city that can only be admired and respected today.