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George William Evans (5 January 1780 – 16 October 1852) was a surveyor and early explorer in the colony of New South Wales. On 13 November 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie sent Evans across the Blue Mountains into the Wiradjuri nation of central-western New South Wales to confirm the findings of the exploration party of Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth. He was the first European to record meeting with the Wiradjuri people of the region. Evans generally followed the route of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, reaching the end of their route on 26 November 1813 at a point Evans named Mount Blaxland. Evan's party then moved on and discovered the Fish River area and further west near the junction of the now named Fish and Campbell Rivers and described two plains in his view, the O'Connell Plains and the Macquarie Plains. It was on 9 December that he reached the site of present day Bathurst.
|Address:||Macquarie Road, Springwood, 2777|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.698827|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1988|
HIS EXCELLENCY, SIR DAVID MARTIN KCMG AO
(GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES)
ON 26TH APRIL 1990
THE RE-MARKING OF
THE FIRST SURVEY
OVER THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS
DECEMBER 1813 - JANUARY 1814
THIS MONUMENT IS PLACED AS CLOSE TO THE LOCATION OF EVAN'S SURVEYED LINE AS CAN BE CALCULATED FROM HIS ORIGINAL FIELD BOOK
IT IS IDENTICAL TO THE BASE OF A TRIGONOMETRICAL SURVEY PILLAR, CURRENTLY USED THROUGHOUT N.S.W. FOR MAJOR SURVEYS, OF WHICH EVAN'S WORK WAS A FORERUNNER
The "Footsteps in Time" Project was initiated by John Yeaman B.E.M.
and carried out by
The Blue Mountains City Council & The N.S.W. Department of Lands
with funding by
The Australian Bicentennial Authority
Australia`s Bicentenary in 1988