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George Evans : 30-September-2013
George Evans : 30-September-2013

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Sandra Brown

Figurative group contains the statue of Evans and commemorates the discovery of the Bathurst Plains by him in 1813 and perpetuates his memory. The standing bronze monument of Evans flanked by a kneeling aboriginal shading his eyes, both gazing to the horizon. There is an enclosed frieze of Evans, Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth.

The foundation stone for the memorial was laid on the 19th November 1913 during Bathurst's centenary celebrations and the memorial was unveiled by the Governor Sir Walter Davidson on 29th November 1920.The memorial was floodlit by Woolworths to commemorate Bathurst's 150th anniversary in 1963. 

Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson became the first Europeans to find a way across the Blue Mountains in May 1813 which resulted in settlement beyond the Cumberland Plains. However, it was surveyor George Evans who crossed the main range later that year.

During the trek he camped on the future townsite of Bathurst and made a favourable report of the country he saw. Evans named the Macquarie River after Governor Lachlan Macquarie and the Bathurst Plains after Lord Bathurst, the British secretary of state for the colonies.

It was on December 1, 1813, that Deputy-Surveyor George William Evans discovered Bathurst. On Monday last, 107 years later, almost to the day, the first permanent monument to the memory of that intrepid explorer was officially unveiled by the State Governor, Sir Walter Davidson in the presence of many thousands of people.  Having unveiled the memorial, his Excellency in the course of an address said that Bathurst was one of the most beautiful and best cared for cities he had ever seen.
The Wyalong Advocate and Mining, Agricultural and Pastoral Gazette (NSW), 3 December 1920.

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Location

Address:Kings Parade, Bathurst, 2795
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.41724
Long: 149.578707
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Approx. Event Start Date:1813
Approx. Event End Date:1813
Monument Designer:W. Dryden (architect) Gilbert Doble (sculptor)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 29th November, 1920
Front Inscription

      EVANS

Commemorating
         The
Discovery By
    EVANS
      Of The
Bathurst Plains
          And
The Opening Of
THE WEST 
       1813.

Back Inscription

This Stone Was Laid By
His Excellency
Sir Gerald Strickland G.C.M.C.
Governor Of N.S.W
November 19. 1913.

Inscription in Proximity

THIS MEMORIAL
HAS BEEN FLOODLIT
BY THE COURTESY OF
WOOLWORTHS LTD.
TO COMMEMORATE
BATHURST'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY.

Source: MA,H
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