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The monument commemorates the remarking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by George Evans in 1813 and 1814.

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:Station Street, Wentworth Falls, 2785
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.709768
Long: 150.376156
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


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 8th April, 1989
Front Inscription

Traverse of George Wiliam Evans
1813 - 1814

Latitude -33° 42` 40"
Longitude 150° 22` 29"

4th Jan. 1814

Wentworh Falls marker


Left Side Inscription

Unveiled by Gwen Hammond
Great, great, great granddaughter of George Evans
8th April 1989

Footsteps in time

The re-marking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by George William Evans
December 1813 - January 1814

This monument is placed as close to the location of Evans` 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 Evans` work was a forerunner

Source: MA
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