February 12, 2013

Bathurst District Historical Society Events + Cox Road Bus Tour

Bathurst District Historical Society

21st February (Thursday) - Muster - 7.30pm in the Museum – Jen Thompson is researching the Ribbon Gang and will tell us about her latest information.

3rd March – Sunday - Cox’s Road Bus Tour – leave 8.30am sharp from McDonald’s rear carpark for a history packed tour of one of our nation’s great achievements – Cox’s Road. Just over 101 miles was constructed from 18th July, 1814, to 14th January. 1815 – the first road to Bathurst. 

We will be exploring from Phil’s Falls into Bathurst so see where Cox’s party crossed several streams and rivers, the countryside the men traversed, what had to be cleared, what the men had to do, how they were fed and lots more! Hear from Cox’s personal diary of the various happenings along the route. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. 

Also hear about Colonial Surveyor George William Evans who came through to Bathurst and whose report Macquarie acted upon to dispatch William Cox to build the road. Evan’s party discovered the Fish River area and further west near the junction of the now named Fish and Campbell Rivers. He described the O'Connell Plains and the Macquarie Plains and on 9th December, 1813, he reached the site of where Governor Macquarie would officially name Bathurst. Home between 5 and 5.30pm. 

Cost: $50 members or $55 for non-members – remember morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. 
BOOK & PAY EARLY – RING the Society on 63324755 (Monday to Sunday between 11am to 2pm) or call personally or email info@bathursthistory.org.au 

Alan McRae, President 63315404 H

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