1st December 1823
On this day, 1st December 1823, Allan Cunningham returned to Mount Tomah eighteen miles from the Cox’s River.
Allan Cunningham wrote in his journal: Dec. 1. The route onward westerly proving on examination much more rugged and dangerous than the paths we have passed, and as both my horses are now reduced to that [p288] state of debility as by no means to justify me in persevering further, particularly as the line of country before me (18 miles to Cox’s River), has been reported by the surveyor to be of arid brushes on a sandstone base, I have been induced from necessity to proceed back to my encampment at Tomah. 1