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Busby Bore Cairn : 28-May-2011
Busby Bore Cairn : 28-May-2011

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

The Busby’s Bore commemorative cairn was completed in 1988 to commemorate the centenary of the Water Board and the dedication of Centennial Park.

The cairn is made of sandstone with three bronze plaques. One reads: “Centenary of the Water Board – unveiled 23rd September, 1988 and the Dedication of Centennial Park." The last shaft site in a sequence of shafts and tunnels is located adjacent to the mark at the fence.

In 1827 the governor accepted a proposal from surveyor John Busby to tunnel through from the Lachlan Swamp to Hyde Park. The tunnel, which became known as Busby’s Bore, was built by convicts and took ten years to complete, partly because Busby was not a good manager of what he called his ‘vicious, drunken and idle’ workforce. As the project limped along year after year wags about town came to refer to John Busby as the ‘Great Bore’.



Address:Grand Drive, Centennial Parklands, Centennial Park, 2021
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.894389
Long: 151.232778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 23rd September, 1988
Front Inscription

Busby’s Bore

Unveiled by George Busby 
Great Great Grandson of John Busby

23rd September 1988 

To commemorate the centenary of the Water Board and the dedication of Centennial Park


The Honourable Tim Moore MP Minister for the Environment

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