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825691
  • Title
    William Lawson journal of an expedition from Bathurst to the Liverpool Plains, 9-24 January 1822
  • Creator
  • Call number
    C 120 vol. 2
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    9-24 January 1822
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    825691
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 volume) - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    William Lawson (1774-1850) was an explorer and pastoralist. Lawson trained as a surveyor, but joined the New South Wales Corps in 1799. He later became a lieutenant in the New South Wales Veterans Company. In 1813 he accompanied Gregory Blaxland and William Charles Wentworth in the first successful attempt to find a route across the Blue Mountains. During his years at Bathurst Lawson undertook three journeys of exploration to find a practicable pass through the ranges to the Liverpool Plains. In this he was unsuccessful but his journeys helped to open up the rich pastoral district of Mudgee. Lawson attributed the discovery of the Cudgegong River to James Blackman, but claimed that he himself discovered the site of Mudgee some ten miles (16 km) beyond the farthest point reached by Blackman. From 1819 to 1824 he was commandant of the new settlement at Bathurst, and made several further journeys of exploration in that area. He died at Veteran Hall, his grant at Prospect, in 1850.

    Reference:
    Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/ (accessed February 20, 2008)

    Microfilm copy at CY 1642, frames 20-39
  • Scope and Content
    Lawson provides a detailed description of times and distances of the route of the journey, and some description of the terrain
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Research & study copies allowed: Author has been deceased for more than 50 years
    Approval for publication required:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
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