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A monument commemorates the initial coach run across the Blue Mountains by James Watsford.
James Watsford, Royal Mail pioneer, who owned the first stagecoach in Australia, carried the first regular mail from Parramatta to Sydney and is famous for his incredible descent of Mount York.
On 6th April, 1832, Watsford pioneered the first mail coach run from Parramatta to Bathurst via Penrith and Collit’s Inn, at the foot of Mount York in the Hartley Valley. The mail route over the Blue Mountains followed from there. He came to the ridge of Mount York at nightfall, and the passengers and horses rested while he prepared the coach for its incredible 1060 metres downward plunge by attaching logs to drag behind the coach and slow it down.
|Address:||Mount York Road, Mount York Lookout, Mount York, 2786|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.553302|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1832|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1832|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 14th September, 1974|