The term “County” is Merely a Convenient Term
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser
October 17, 1829
The Government Order, No. 50, published in our front page, specifies the boundaries within which settlers will for the present be permitted to select land, and enumerates the nineteen Counties into which the territory within those boundaries has been divided.
Many of these Counties are, very properly, named after our successive Governors.
We understand that Port Macquarie when thrown open, will be erected into a County, and be called after Governor Macquarie.
It will be observed, that the word "County" is still used merely as a convenient term of distinction, a legal sense not having yet been given to it.