Bourke, Richard

Former soldier who was a popular early Governor of New South Wales between 1831 and 1837, he is generally considered enlightened or progressive in his reforms, especially in relation to the judicial process, the treatment of emancipists and convicts, and religion. His proclamation on 10 October 1835 was responsible for implementing the concept of terra nullius, upon which British settlement was based, and the dispossession of Aboriginal people across Australia until this was overturned in 1992.

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Born
Dublin, Ireland
04 May 1777
Arrived Sydney
03 Dec 1831
Departed Sydney
1837
Died
County Limerick, Ireland
13 Aug 1855
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03 Dec 1831 - 05 Dec 1837
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