Ralph Darling

British Army general (1772-1858)

General Sir Ralph Darling (1772—1858) was an officer in the British Army and the Governor of New South Wales from 1825—1831.[1] Darling was the first governor to work with an Executive Council, made up of the lieutenant-governor, chief justice, colonial secretary and the archdeacon. These four people and another three people that Darling could select would make up the Legislative Council. Darling was expected to follow their advice in governing New South Wales.[1]

Lieutenant-General Sir

Ralph Darling GCH
7th Governor of New South Wales
In office
19 December 1825 – 22 October 1831
Preceded byMajor-General Sir Thomas Brisbane
Succeeded byMajor-General Sir Richard Bourke KCB
Personal details
Died2 April 1858
Brighton, Sussex, England
Spouse(s)Eliza Dumaresq


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Darling, Sir Ralph (1772–1858)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. 1966. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 24 June 2012 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.