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Road Builders Memorial : May 2014
Road Builders Memorial : May 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A monument commemorates the convict road builders of the Blue Mountains. The sculpture pays respect to convicts who were put to work in the Blue Mountains region.

Convict labour was used to build Cox’s Road and, thus, open up the Central West of New South Wales. The road was completed in 1813. The bronze sculpture which took two and a half years to create comprises five human figures, each weighing about 2.8 tonnes. The figures represented are two convict labourers, one carting a boulder and the other swinging a mallet; a trooper, with a rifle and a pot of tea; and two bemused Aboriginal onlookers. The traditional owners bear witness to the brutality dealt to the convict labourers as they work to open up the continent and create a new nation.

Location

Address:Echo Point Road, Lilianfels Park , Katoomba, 2780
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.730148
Long: 150.310661
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:Terrance Plowright

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 7th March, 2007
Front Inscription

Rotary Club Of Katoomba
Centenary Project 2005
"THE ROAD BUILDERS MEMORIAL"

THESE SCULPTURES CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF CONVICTS AND PIONEER FAMILIES UPON WHOSE LABOUR THE AUSTRALIAN NATION WAS FOUNDED.

EQUALLY WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRESENCE OF DARUG AND GUNDUNGURRA PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO THIS LAND.

ESPECIALLY WE BEAR IN MIND THE HARDSHIPS ENDURED BY THE ROAD BUILDERS.

GANGS OF CONVICTS IN LEG IRONS TOILED FOR OVER 30 YEARS TO CREATE "THE GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY" FROM THE EARLY SETTLEMENT IN EMU PLAINS TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN BATHURST.

WITH PRIMITIVE TOOLS THEY ENDURED MANY COLD WINTERS AND HOT SUMMERS - THEY BROKE ROCK AND CARTED SOIL, FORGING A ROAD THROUGH THOSE RUGGED "BLUE MOUNTAINS".

WE ASK YOU TO PAUSE AND REFLECT ON THEIR LIVES OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO HELPED CREATE OUR GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT AND THE IMMEASURABLE CHARACTER OF OUR NATION.

THEIR CHARACTER AND SPIRIT IS THEIR LEGACY TO ALL GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW

Sculptor                    Terrance Plowright   
Erected by                 Rotarians & the Blue Mountains City Council
Statues donated by   Tom Colless

 

Right Side Inscription

Plaque :

These Sandstone blocks were laid by the Road Builders 1830 - 1840 as part of the original Bathurst Road, Their hard work and endurance will live on in these stones.
Rotary Club of Katoomba 2010

Plaque :

Rotary Club of Katoomba 

Early settlement Ancestor`s List No 1
Descendant  Ancestor     Ship           Arrival
[ Names ]      [ Names ]   [ Names ]    [ Year ]

 

Source: MA
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