10th September 1817
On this day, Allan Cunningham arrived at Government House in Parramatta to give his report of the recent Western Expedition to Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Other members of the expedition, John Oxley, William Cox and Charles Fraser had given their reports a few days previously.
They had come so close to death seeking the source of the Lachlan River and yet, they had brushed themselves off, written up their reports and delivered what they had learned to their Governor. They did their duty.
The long term health of both Allan Cunningham and John Oxley was compromised by this trip, neither would live a long life as a direct result of this journey and several other adventures that were to follow. 1