West of the great divide – surveyors and settlers

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Date(s) - 23/04/2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Covict barrracks Macquarie

Coach tour for National Trust Heritage Festival hosted by Lithgow Regional Branch to routes and sites important in opening up land west of the ‘ Divide’. Visit the point of Evans’ first crossing by a European, Evans Crown, & parts of Cox’s Road 1815. Lunch locally then view O’Connell Plains properties – less-known Macquarie 1822 with convict barracks and Westham 1830.

ITINERARY (subject to variations at the discretion of Lithgow NT)

In late 1813 Assistant Surveyor, George Evans travelled over the Blue Mountains following the steps of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth but journeyed many miles past the explorers’ route, the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range. Visit that site and enjoy morning tea at ‘Barkridge’ atop the Divide. Then we view Evans Crown (significant in aboriginal history) from which Evans viewed the grazing potential of the land beyond. On Cox’s Road, built in 1815 with convict labour, we pass land grants taken up by first settlers in fertile pockets such as Sydmouth Valley in 1822.

After lunch at the Tarana Hotel 1873 *we reach the fertile O’Connell Plains, named by Evans, where Gov. Macquarie rewarded William Lawson for services to exploration with the property Macquarie in 1822, where we view buildings and outstanding convict barracks less-visited today. On to Westham 1830 – courtesy owner Ian Kiernan AO – the grain growing property, once derelict, won a 2006 Australian National Trust Heritage Award for rural conservation.

Cost includes lunch at a local hostelry & morning tea $60 NT members, $65 non-members

Booking essential: Phone Lithgow VIC Ph. 1300 760 276

When: Sunday 23 April 2017 9.30am-4.30pm

Where: Departs Lithgow Visitor Information Centre GWH Lithgow

Contact: Celia Ravesi Secretary 6359-3109

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