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A monument commemorates the remarking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by George Evans in 1813-1814 and celebrates the bi-centenary of Australia in 1988.  A similar marker is located at Springwood.

George William Evans (5 January 1780 – 16 October 1852) was a surveyor and early explorer in the colony of New South Wales. On 13 November 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie sent Evans across the Blue Mountains into the Wiradjuri nation of central-western New South Wales to confirm the findings of the exploration party of Blaxland, Lawson, and Wentworth. He was the first European to record meeting with the Wiradjuri people of the region.  

Evans generally followed the route of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, reaching the end of their route on 26 November 1813 at a point Evans named Mount Blaxland. Evan's party then moved on and discovered the Fish River area and further west near the junction of the now named Fish and Campbell Rivers and described two plains in his view, the O'Connell Plains and the Macquarie Plains. It was on 9 December that he reached the site of present day Bathurst.



Address:Ross Street, Glenbrook Park , Glenbrook, 2773
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.766007
Long: 150.622596
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1813
Approx. Event End Date:January-1814


Front Inscription

Footsteps in time

The re-marking of the first survey over the Blue Mountains by George William Evans
December 1813 - January 1814

This monument is placed as close to the location of Evan`s surveyed line as can be calculated from his original field book

It is identical to the base of a trigonometrical survey pillar, currently used throughout N.S.W. for major surveys, of which Evan's work was a forerunner

The "Footsteps in Time" Project was initiated by John Yeaman B.E.M. and carried out by The Blue Mountains City Council & The N.S.W. Department of Lands with funding by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to celebrate Australia`s Bicentenary in 1988 

Source: MA
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