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Lachlan Macquarie governed N.
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Lachlan Macquarie governed N.S.W from January 1810 until november 1821. During this period of eleven years, many changes were observed, with the character of the colony changing considerably. It became 'less of a gaol,' the population increased the settlement was extended, a great deal of building took place, and trade and commerce developed further. Despite all of these positive aspects of his administration, he faced much opposition. This was mainly due to the fact that he was 'an idealist, whose vision for N.S.W had no real chance of success.' These ideals left 'an unfortunate legacy of bitterness and division,' and...
of emancipists who were treated well by governor Macquarie.

Egalitarian concepts can be seen in Macquaries land policy.he believed that crown land should be divided up evenly between the free settlers and the ex-convicts, whilst the free settlers believed that they had a right to larger land grants. Macarthur, Mcquaries main opposition wrote to J.T Bigge expressing his concern, "Men of real capital ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ not needy adventurers, should have estates of at least 10,000 acres, with reserves contiguous of equal extent?óÔé¼?ª" Macquarie continued to follow his egalitarian and divided up the land fairly, despite the class of the citizen.

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