There were several Governors of the Colony between 1790 until the 1840, who gave impetus to the road building program. Their involvement can be found detailed in the History of the Great North Road section of this website. During this period two men acted as Governor for a period between the departure of one Governor and the arrival of his replacement. These acting Governors did not help some aspects of the development of the Colony though some of the work they did was important to the future of the country.
Surveyor-Generals were an important part of the planning for the construction of main roads in New South Wales during this time. They gave vital attention to the exploration of the hinterland of the Colony. Their names appear regularly throughout the story of the Great North Road.