Saturday, November 6, 2010


This article discusses the paths taken after the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Gregory Blaxland (bio) in 1813 in exploration toward the area we know today as the Australian Capital Territory. Following Hamilton Hume's (bio) subsequent crossing of the Shoalhaven River, Charles Throsby (bio) continued on, opening the gateway to the Canberra Region and the Australian Alps.

This exploration initiated a search for an Aboriginal reported "great river" (Murrumbidgee) to the west. Captain Mark Currie (bio), Major Evans (bio), (accompanied by the bushman) Joseph Wild (bio) followed and discovered the river near Tharwa in the ACT before opening up the Monaro to the south...

The Canberra Times - 22 July 1927

National Library of Australia

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