EXPLORATION

Gregory Blaxland
Australia Crest

Pioneer farmer and explorer born in England in 1788 and came to Australia in 1806 as a free settler.

With his brother he farmed at what is now St. Marys, in western Sydney.

In 1813, he led the first known European expedition across the area of the Great Dividing Range known as the Blue Mountains with William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth. He left his farm at South Creek with the other two on May 11th on a journey which would open up the inland of the continent. Even today, with modern survey equipment, computers and helicopters it is unlikely a better route can be found.

Later he farmed at Dundas and was a co-founder of the Agricultural Society.

In 1823 he published Journal Of A Tour Of Discovery Across The Blue Mountains.

Blaxland died in 1855 and the township of Blaxland in the Blue Mountains is named for him.


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