Con­vict Road Gang Site Guided Tour

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News History - By Robyn Down­ham

The Dharug and Lower Hawkes­bury His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in con­junc­tion with the Con­vict Trail Project would like to ex­tend the in­vi­ta­tion to the gen­eral pub­lic to join us in our walk along the Con­vict Road Gang Site.

Visit the old con­vict road camp site and learn about the life of a con­vict on the Great North Road. This site is one of the best sur­viv­ing ma­te­rial records of hous­ing the road gangs known to­day.

This tour pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for those at­tend­ing to walk amongst the old re­main­ing ru­ins of this con­vict camp site. The gangs as­signed to the Great North Road ar­rived in Wise­mans Ferry in 1827 un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Lieu­tenant Jonathan Warner.

It is thought that the site may have been cho­sen as it was close to ma­jor works on the road but re­moved from the few set­tlers in the vicin­ity.

This site is man­aged by NPWS and due to the na­ture of the site the group num­bers will be lim­ited for this walk. The main site is up a smaller hill with an un­even sur­face but not a hard walk. The sec­ond site is a lit­tle less ac­ces­si­ble but can be vis­ited by those who are up to the walk.

Date: Satur­day, 21st April 2018

Time: 10.30am

Lo­ca­tion: To meet at Hawkins Look­out Wise­mans Ferry.

We will be car pool­ing due to the lim­ited park­ing at the site and leav­ing some cars at Hawkins Look­out. We will have morn­ing tea here prior to the walk.

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