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Governor Macquarie

Once Cox's road over the Mountains was built Governor Macquarie scheduled a trip to test it out. In most places the road was constructed to a width of 12 feet and in some parts this required gaps between large rocks to be widened.

The big rock on the left of this picture has a sign saying that it was chisseled back with picks to make room for Governor Macquarie's coach. Drags had to be attached behind coaches to slow them down on the steep descent.

Photo: Cox's Road, Mount York

Words to walk with:
From a sign on a monument at Mount York
"This sketch [by E Purcell 1821] echos the wild majesty of the landscape of Cox's descent that was expressed by many early writers and artists."