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The cairn, built in 1939 by the Kooya Committee of Historical Research in conjunction with the Blackheath Municipal Council, commemorates the naming of Blackheath on May 15, 1815 by Governor Macquarie. Stones for the cairn were taken from Gardner's Inn (Blackheath's first inn) which was demolished in 1938. 

Blackheath was first named by Governor Macquarie who, passing through the area on his way to the new settlement at Bathurst, declared `it having a rather wild heath-like appearance, I have named it Hounslow.` On his return sixteen days later he changed his mind and on 15 May 1815 he wrote in his diary `This place having a black wild appearance I have this day named it Black-heath.`

On Saturday at 3 p.m. a sandstone cairn with a marble tablet, erected by the Blackheath Municipal Council to commemorate the fact that Blackheath was named by Governor Macquarie in 1815, will be unveiled by Mr. W. L. Havard, honorary secretary of the Kooya Committee of Historical Research. The cairn is situated on the Great Western Highway opposite the railway station, and directly in front of the soldiers' memorial arch. The inscription reads: "This locality named Hounslow by Governor Macquarie on his way to the newly-discovered country to the westward of the Blue Mountains, was renamed by him Blackheath on May 15, 1815, during his return journey to Sydney."
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 7 April 1939.


Address:Great Western Highway & Hat Hill Road, Blackheath Gardens, Blackheath, 2785
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.632942
Long: 150.284829
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:15-May-1815
Actual Event End Date:15-May-1815
Designer:Kooya Committee of Historical Research / Blackheath Municipal Council


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 8th April, 1939
Front Inscription

           THIS LOCALITY,
Named Hounslow By Governor Macquarie
On His Way To The Newly-Discovered Country
To The Westward Of The Blue Mountains,
       Was Renamed By Him
         " BLACK - HEATH "
          On May 15, 1815,
During His Return Journey To Sydney.

      Municipality of Blackheath,

K. C. H. R. 

Source: MA
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