C1848

Road from Emu Plains over the Blue Mountains. The First Stone Bridge built in New South Wales.

Fine and rare lithograph of the Lennox Bridge designed by David Lennox and constructed with convict labour opened in 1833. It was on the main route to the Blue Mountains for nearly 100 years. From the first issue of Capt. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Road from Emu Plains over the Blue Mountains. The First Stone Bridge built in New South Wales.

Date:

C1848

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph, with one tint.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 132mm
AUTHENTICITY
Road from Emu Plains over the Blue Mountains. The First Stone Bridge built in New South Wales. - Antique View from 1848

Genuine antique
dated:

1848

Description:

Fine and rare lithograph of the Lennox Bridge designed by David Lennox and constructed with convict labour opened in 1833. It was on the main route to the Blue Mountains for nearly 100 years.

From the first issue of Capt. Robert Westmacott’s, ‘Views of Australia’.
Westmacott description:
‘This view, intended to represent part of a Road over the Blue Mountains, is perhaps of more importance than any recently constructed in New South Wales, opening to the settler some of the most magnificent country for agriculture and grazing pursuits in this vast land, – Bathurst, Wellington Valley, Macquarie, &c., &c. This range of Mountains was for some years considered inaccessible but after repeated unsuccessful attempts, the perseverance of explorers was rewarded, and a road, or mountain pass, was made over a portion called Lapstone Hill the ascent and descent was attended with great fatigue and danger at length, the Surveyor General, Sir Thomas Mitchell, exercising his usual perseverance and skill, overcame this difficulty, and although much labour has been expended, this hitherto considered impracticable barrier has been removed, and the mountain can now be ascended with great facility. The Bridge represented in the sketch carries the road over a deep gully, and was the first stone Bridge erected of any size in New South Wales.’

Collections:
National Library: Bib ID 661042
State Library NSW: not found
State Library Victoria: Accession no: 30328102131702/9
Trove: not found

Capt. Robert Westmacott (1801 - 1870)

Sketcher, army officer and pioneer. He is best known for his sketches in Australia, a series of views of Sydney and rural New South Wales. Settling north Bulli he bred horses and was said to have discovered and surveyed the road now called Bulli Pass.

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