Francis Grose
Australia Crest

Major Grose was commanding officer of the NSW Corps when Governor Phillip headed back to England in 1792 with Bennelong in tow.

Grose was left in charge of the colony until the colony's second governor, Captain John Hunter arrived.

Under Grose's administration his fellow military officers became powerful and became known as the Rum Corps for their trade in rum. Wealth gained from rum concessions earned them money to acquire land and convict labour to work it.

Major Grose was recalled to England in 1794 before Hunter arrived in 1795.

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