In 2013 New South Wales will celebrate the bicentenary of the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth in May 1813. Tracing what is now the Great Western Highway route, the crossing of the Blue Mountains is often referred to as the most significant milestone in early Australian history. Their adventurous expedition opened a pathway to the fertile land of western New South Wales.
The significant surveying that followed by Mc Brien, Evans, Rusden, Dixon to name a few, led to a better understanding of the opportunities and benefits the western land offered to the colony of Sydney. The subsequent road build by William Cox, completed in January 1815, enabled early settlers to cross with their families, flocks and herds, setting up farming communities which would supply Sydney with meat and wool.
To celebrate the bicentenary of the crossing Land and Property Information, (LPI) in conjunction with State Records has uncovered crown plans which demonstrate the early pioneering adventures.
These plans and other information LPI has uncovered will be available through our Western Crossings webpage in Baseline. There is also links to other organisations participating in the bicentenary activities, opening a wide and varied range of information for you to explore.