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Crossing the Blue Mountains

The traditional custodians of the Blue Mountains are the Gundungurra people. Although the native people knew routes across the mountains, finding a crossing presented a great challenge to the early settlers. Credit for the first crossing by settlers is generally given to Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth.

Crossing the Blue Mountains

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William Charles Wentworth - Journal of an expedition across the Blue Mountains, 11 May - 6 June 1813 from the collection of the State Library of NSW. To read the journal online see

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Detail from The Blue Mountains Pioneers, Sydney Mail, Christmas Supplement, 1880 Engraving. DL X8/1-3 from the collection of the State Library of NSW

William Charles Wentworth, 1872 / painted by James Anderson ML 411 from the collection of State Library of NSW

William Lawson, ca. 1840's - watercolour on ivory miniature MIN 63 from the collection of the State Library of NSW

Gregory Blaxland Esq, by an unknown artist, Pencil drawing ML 143 From the collection of the State Library of NSW


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