A series of beautiful, rarely viewed scenes depicting Governor Macquarie’s crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1815 is on display at Hornsby Library.
Crossing the Blue Mountains is a travelling panel display from the State Library of NSW and will be at Hornsby Library until Thursday 15 January.
Marking a 200-year anniversary, the display charts Governor Macquarie’s epic journey to Bathurst Plains, one year after the first road across the new territory was completed and two years after Wentworth, Blaxland and Lawson’s successful expedition.
It features fifteen colourful graphic reproductions of original colonial artworks by John William Lewin (1770-1819), who was Australia’s first free professional artist.
He volunteered to join Macquarie’s extensive entourage of 50 people to document this previously unrecorded part of Australia’s rugged landscape.
The display is available to view during Library opening hours.