Saturday, 11 August 2007

Cox's Road 1815

One of the enduring stories of Australian history is the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth in 1813.

Fast on the heels of this first crossing was the first road, surveyed by Evans and build by Cox with convict labour. The evidence of that first road can still be seen today at Mount York where the steep descent down a rough rocky track to the grazing land below begins.

Photo: Hand cut gutter, Cox's Road, Mt York

Words to walk with:
This information from signage on a monument at Mount York puts the interminable highway widening of today into an interesting perspective!

"He [William Cox] began the work in 1814. It was six months before the road was completed. His party built 101 miles of road through difficult mountain country, without accident, an achievement of great significance."




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