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. http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/exploration/blue_mountains/index.html
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Panorama of Blue Mountains scenery at Leura, 1903 / by Melvin Vaniman

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Historypin | Collection - Across the Blue Mountains

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The Blue Mountains borders on Sydney's metropolitan area | Wikipedia

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The Crossing Bicentenary | History Council of New South Wales

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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 http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?acmsID=447151=852822

Wentworth's journal | State Library of New South Wales

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William Lawson - Journal of an expedition across the Blue Mountains, 11 May - 6 June 1813 from the collection of the State Library of NSW www.sl.nsw.gov.au To read the journal online see http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/exploration/blue_mountains/lawson/lawson.html

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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 www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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William Charles Wentworth, 1872 / painted by James Anderson ML 411 from the collection of State Library of NSW www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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

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Gregory Blaxland Esq, by an unknown artist, Pencil drawing ML 143 From the collection of the State Library of NSW www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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