Journal of a tour of discovery across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the year 1813, by Gregory Blaxland

Appendix 5.
Copy of letter written by Dr. Houison, late President, Australian Historical Society, 29/3/1904, to Mr. Charles R. Blaxland, of Wollun, a grandson of the explorer

I have perused with much interest the papers you left with me, but more especially the diary of Gregory Blaxland. Before all these, however, I would place the evidence of William Charles Wentworth himself as to the question of the leadership of the expedition of 1813. In his “Statistical Account of the Settlement in Australia,” 3rd edition (1824), page 171, he states: “Of the latter route into the Transalpine country, Governor Macquarie has left happily on record a more accurate as well as authentic description in a general order published by him upon his return from his first visit to that country, than any I could give from mere memory at this lapse of time. . . . It strikes me that I cannot do better than insert it verbatim.” Then follows the General Order, dated Government House, Sydney, June 10th, 1815 from which I make the following extracts.

Page 177. “Three miles westward of the Vale of Clwyd, Messrs. Blaxland, Wentworth, and Lawson had formerly terminated their excursion,” and again on the same page, “In commemoration of their merits, three beautiful high hills, joining each other at the end of their tour at this place, have received their names in the following order, viz., Mount Blaxland, Wentworth’s sugar-loaf, and Lawson’s sugar-loaf.”

I think this speaks so conclusively that further comment appears to be unnecessary.

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