Road from Emu Plains, over the Blue Mountains. The first stone bridge built in N.S.W. Capt. Robert M. WESTMACOTT.

Road from Emu Plains, over the Blue Mountains…
Road from Emu Plains, over the Blue Mountains. The first stone bridge built in N.S.W.

Exeter: W. Spreats Lithographic Establishment, 1848.

Hand coloured lithograph; fine, 131x200mm, mounted.

An attractive view from Sketches in Australia, taken from drawings by Captain R. M. Westmacott. Shows the first stone bridge built in New South Wales.

An attractive view from Sketches in Australia, taken from drawings by Captain R. M. Westmacott. Shows the first stone bridge built in New South Wales.

Prior to European settlement, what is now Emu Plains was on the border of the Western Sydney-based Darug people and the Southern Highlands-based Gandangara people, whose land extended into the Blue Mountains. The first British explorers to visit the area surveyed Emu Plains in 1790 and named it Emu Island after emus they sighted on the land and in the mistaken belief that the land was actually on an island in the Nepean River. It was first referred to by its current name by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1814 when William Cox started building his road over the Blue Mountains from there.

Captain Westmacott published Sketches in Australia in 1848 and like many of the military officers stationed in colonial New South Wales was a competent draughtsman. He produced many drawings of Sydney and its environs.

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