Gregory Blaxland - Blue Mountains Crossing BicentenaryPrint Page Print this page

A bust of Gregory Blaxland commemorates the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.

In 1813, Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth, and Lieutenant Lawson, along with four servants, four pack horses and five dogs, set off on an exploration which was to create history. On the 11th May 1813 the explorers departed from Emu Plains reaching the foothills of the Blue Mountains, or Glenbrook as it is known today.

For Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, the trip across the Blue Mountains was a tremendous struggle. Having insufficient food for their journey, they recorded the trek required constant hacking through thick scrub and treading through "damp dew-laden undergrowth". They were also in fear of attack by Aborigines. These factors, in combination with sickness, nearly saw the men defeated by the rugged terrain.

Eighteen days later, on the 29th May 1813, the Blue Mountains was no longer considered an impassible barrier following the discovery of the gently sloping mountains to the west.

Note: As of July 2015, the busts of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth have been on display in the tourist information centre at Glenbrook. The finished busts will soon be installed in the centre of the towns named after each explorer.


Address:Great Western Highway, Blaxland, 2774
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.743953
Long: 150.609343
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:1813
Actual Event End Date:2013
Monument Designer:Terrance Plowright


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th May, 2013
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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