Dividing New South Wales into Counties, 6 June 1788To History
In 1825 Governor Brisbane received instruction to begin the process of dividing the state of New South Wales into counties and parishes. The maps that came from this showed the state split into 141 counties which were then divided into 7,459 parishes.
These county and parish maps would continue to evolve and change over time and are an invaluable resource for historians researching the history of towns or families. These maps and the boundaries they defined would be used to establish the shires and council areas that we use today.