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

Photographs supplied by Dave Rave / John Huth

The memorial commemorates the re-marking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by George Evans in 1813 and 1814 and was erected as a project to celebrate Australia`s Bicentenary in 1988. 

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

             1813 - 1814 
      Latitude            33° 38' 14"
      Longtitude      150° 17' 03"
                 1st JAN 1814 

Plaque :


The Re-Marking Of
The First Survey
Over The Blue Mountains
George Willam Evans
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 Forerunner

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 


Source: MA
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