Saturday, July 9, 2011


This small snippet appears to be the original report of the discovery of Gibraltar Falls in the Australian Capital Territory. One of only two major waterfalls in the territory Gibraltar cascades 50 meters, has important Aboriginal artifacts by way of stone axe grooves and is home to the, rare in the ACT, Waterfall redspot dragonfly which lives in the waterfall's splash zones.

Buried away in this very lengthy article from 140 years ago this meagre description identifies the location and gives a 'wild' if not 'frontier like' description of the area I think...

Queanbeyan Age - Thursday 30 November 1871

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3 years later identified as on the Cotter River in this clipping is Pearce's waterfall. Is it Gibraltar creek the adventurers wind up for six miles? Was Pearce the gold prospector who discovered it? Drop a comment if you know...

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Saturday 29 August 1874

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