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The plaque recognises the Great North Road as an National Engineering Landmark.

The Institution of Engineers Australia, through its Heritage Committees, established the Australian Historic Engineering Plaquing Program to acknowledge past engineering achievements and to draw public attention to the significant contributions they have made to society.The Plaquing Program is a means of bringing public recognition to significant historic engineering works and the engineers who created them. The Program is intended to contribute to the conservation of Australian engineering heritage.


Address:Settlers Road, The Great North Road, Wisemans Ferry, 2775
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.375145
Long: 150.984828
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2001
Front Inscription

The Institution of Engineers, Australia

Great North Road

This road was built between 1826 and 1836 to connect early Sydney to the rapidly developing Hunter Valley region.  It is over 240 kilometres long and was constructed by convict labour under the supervision of colonial engineers.  Lieutenant Percy Simpson was responsible for the Devines Hill section.  He brought to the construction knowledge of the techniques emerging from the road building revolution in Europe at the time and adapted them to the harsh environment of the new colony.  The Great North Road was part of Governor Darling`s vision of a well constructed and permanent road system.

              Dedicated by
The Institution of Engineers, Australia and
the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au