Sydney News: Governor Darling leaves the colony

22nd October 1831

Governor Ralph Darling, 1772-1858, 1 sailed from Sydney for the UK with his wife and children in the “Hooghley” on 22 October. 2

Allan Cunningham named one of his greatest discoveries, the Darling Downs 3, in honour of Governor Darling.

When Governor Darling left the Colony, Mr Cunningham was at sea, on the “Forth”. It is possible that the two men met up when they both were in London.

  1. Learn more about Governor Ralph Darling at: Australian Dictionary of Biography[]
  2. Read more about a celebration Fete, held by Mr William Wentworth, on the banks of Sydney Harbour, celebrating Govemor Darling’s departure.[]
  3. Learn more about the Darling Downs at Wikipedia[]