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09-January-2018 (Dave Rave)
09-January-2018 (Dave Rave)

Photographs supplied by Dave Rave / John Huth

The Evans Survey Marker was installed as part of the Footsteps in Time Bicentenary Project in 1988 to commemorate the remarking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by explorer and surveyor, George William Evans. The markers have since been restored.  

There are fifteen, mostly unseen pillars or obelisks that re-mark the original 1813-14 survey by surveyor, George Evans who followed close behind the explorers Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth & their 1813 Blue Mountains Crossing. In July, 1814 a party of men led by William Cox commenced building the road from Daniel Woodriff's farm at Penrith to Bathurst. Governor Macquarie travelled to Bathurst on the new 100 mile long road in April 1815.

George William Evans (5 January 1780 – 16 October 1852) was a surveyor and early explorer in the colony of New South Wales. On 13 November 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie sent Evans across the Blue Mountains into the Wiradjuri nation of central-western New South Wales to confirm the findings of the exploration party of Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth. He was the first European to record meeting with the Wiradjuri people of the region.  

Evans generally followed the route of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, reaching the end of their route on 26 November 1813 at a point Evans named Mount Blaxland. Evan's party then moved on and discovered the Fish River area and further west near the junction of the now named Fish and Campbell Rivers and described two plains in his view, the O'Connell Plains and the Macquarie Plains. It was on 9 December that he reached the site of present day Bathurst.


Address:Great Western Highway & Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, 2785
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.635712
Long: 150.285076
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1813
Approx. Event End Date:January-1814


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Traverse of George William Evans
1813 - 1814

Latitude 33` 33` 18"
Longitude 150` 13` 12"

1st Jan. 1814

Plaque :


The Re-Marking Of
The First Survey
Over The Blue Mountains
December 1813   January 1814

This Monument Is Placed As Close To The Location
Of Evan`s Surveyed Line As Can Be Calculated From
His Original Field Book

It Is Identical To The Base Of A Trigonometrical
Survey Pillar, Currently Used Throughout N.S.W.
For Major Surveys, Of Which Evan`s Work Was A 

The "Footsteps in Time" Project
Was Initiated By
John Yeaman B.E.M.
and carried out by 
The Blue Mountains City Council & the N.S.W. Department Of Lands
with funding by 
The Australian Bicentennial Authority to celebrate 
Australia`s Bicentenary in 1988 

Left Side Inscription




Source: MA, ADB
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