Sign unveiling to mark Evans’ crossing of the Great Divide

HONOUR: Local Hampton resident, Ian Litchfield at the site where the original obelisk stands commemorating the Crossing of the Great Divide.

HONOUR: Local Hampton resident, Ian Litchfield at the site where the original obelisk stands commemorating the Crossing of the Great Divide.

On Saturday, November 25 a ceremony will be held unveiling a new informative sign commemorating the crossing of the Great Divide by Deputy Surveyor George Evans.

The conventional line taught to most of us at school was that the three explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth found the way to the West. Not so - they may have paved the way across the difficult sandstone plateau but they ended their exploration short of the Great Dividing Range.

The real honours went to Deputy Surveyor George W Evans and his party of five who retraced the route of the expedition five months after the earlier party's return.

The local branch of the National Trust has designed an informative sign acknowledging this achievement.

Paul Brunton, emeritus curator at the State Library, will be guest speaker at the unveiling at 10.30am on the Antonio Reserve about five kilometres south of the Magpie Hollow Road Junction.

Guests are invited to morning tea afterwards at Bark Ridge. RSVP Celia Ravesi 6359-3109 or cerav@bigpond.com.