26th November 1823
On this day, 26th November 1823, Allan Cunningham was in the vicinity of “a more practicable pass discovered through the Blue Mountains by Archibald Bell in September” 1 1823.
Allan Cunningham wrote in his journal:
November 26th. About 7am., I commenced my journey from Mr Bell’s [Archibald Bell] farm, having passed an irregular tract of rising forest-land by a well-beaten road to a watermill, distant about four and a half miles north-westerly from Hawkesbury river, the marked trees of the surveyor (who had been sent to examine and report upon the line of route) led us over a ridge of wooded hills to a rocky gully, which having crossed, we immediately gained a main range, bounded on either side of deep ravines. 2
- Source: Curry, Suzanne, and B. R. Maslin. Allan Cunningham: Australian Collecting Localities.
- Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham