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A plaque commemorates the bicentenary of the first recognized crossing of the mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson and their party in 1813 which led to the first inland settlement and survival of the colony. Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth reached the area of Mount York on the 28th May 1813. 

The plaque also acknowledges the impact this settlement had on the Aboriginal nations of the area.


Address:Mount York Road, Mount York Centenary Pavilion , Mount Victoria, 2786
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.553327
Long: 150.219646
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:28-May-1813
Actual Event End Date:28-May-2013


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 28th May, 2013
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This plaque was placed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first recognised European crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Gregory Blaxland, WIlliam Lawson and William Charles Wentworth, and their expedition party.

The crossing of the Blue Mountains led to the foundation of the first inland settlement and subsequent access to the vast and fertile lands of western New South Wales, ensuring the survival of the colony and bringing great wealth to Australia.

This crossing had a profound impact on the lives of the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, and Wiradjuri people, extending European claim over traditional Aboriginal hunting grounds, habitation sites, sacred places, lands and resources, which still dramatically impacts their countries and cultures.

Unveiled on 28th May 2013

Cr. Daniel Myles
Mayor, City of Blue Mountains

Cr. Maree Statham
Mayor, City of Lithgow

Blue Mountains Crossing Bicentenary

Source: MA
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