April 27, 2013

The Crossing Seminar

The Crossing Seminar
Friday, 10 May 2013, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba

On 11 May 1813 Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth set out from South Creek accompanied by four servants, five dogs and four horses. They walked for 17 days through the bush, marking the bark of the trees to trace their steps. Exactly 100 years later an obelisk was erected at Mt York on 28 May 1913 to mark the centenary.

How did it happen that an event that was modestly reported at the time, and which had limited immediate consequences, by the turn of the twentieth century came to be regarded as one of the most significant events in Australia’s European history? In this day long seminar, four of Australia’s leading historians: Richard Waterhouse, Grace Karskens, Martin Thomas and David Roberts will explore the mythologising of the 1813 crossing, its impacts and reflect on the wider importance of this event to Australian history. The day will conclude with a presentation by a National Parks Discovery Ranger on the Aboriginal heritage of the region and a tour of the World Heritage Exhibition.

Lunch and morning tea included.
Presented by the History Council of NSW.
This event is supported by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.


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