King George's Sound
In 1825, when Sir Ralph Darling was appointed Governor of New South Wales, his commission was supposed to extend over all that part of Australia which lies between the 139th meridan and the eastern coast. Not that the whole country , or even the twentieth part of it, was occupied by settlers, the region was merely claimed as British territory. But the remainder of Australia, comprising about two thirds of the continent, had not, as yet, been annexed by any European nation ; and when , in 1826, a rumour prevailed that the French were about to occupy the region, the Sydney people were alarmed that so great a territory should be lost forever to the British Empire. They, therefore, sent a detachment of soldiers in 1826, to take formal possession of the country and to found a settlement at King George's Sound. From this effort, however, no pratical result ensued; and during the few years of its existence, the place continued to be nothing more than a small military station.