Alexander Macleay arrives in the colony

3rd January 1826

While Allan Cunningham was at his home in Parramatta recuperating from his trip to the Wellington Valley, Alexander Macleay arrived in Port Jackson, aboard the convict ship Marquis of Hastings, with his wife and six daughters, to take up the role of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales.

He brought with him an internationally renown collection of insects and natural objects which was expanded and enhanced by his son, William Sharp Macleay. The collection is a very important historic collection that still exists today and can be viewed at the Macleay Museum at the University Of Sydney.

Allan Cunningham and Alexander Macleay were to become friends with a shared love of botany, science and the natural world. 1

  1. Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham []