Black Springs unveiling marks two hundred years since explorer visit

The Black Springs Community Association recently unveiled a memorial and heritage wall to mark two centuries since the explorer Charles Throsby camped in the area.

Charles Throsby was one of the earliest explorers to traverse the slopes west of the Blue Mountains from Camden to Bathurst. Two hundred years ago on 6 and 7 May Charles Throsby and his party camped at the headwaters of the Campbells River.

Earlier this month a bronze bust of Charles Throsby was unveiled, as well as a memorial timeline wall noting the history of Black Springs. This project has been funded by the Federal Government and NSW Forestry Corporation, and supported by Oberon Council.

The unveiling on the State forest at the Black Springs Recreational Area highlights the region’s rich history, said Christine Healey, President of the Black Springs Community Association.

“The Community of Black Springs and those from surrounding districts are proud of their heritage and wanted to acknowledge our early pioneers, with many families in the region tracing their history back to the very early 1800s,“ reports Mrs Healey.

“It was important to the community to mark this significant event, and the community appreciates the support of Forestry Corporation and the Australian government.”

The wall is a work in progress with additional information and gardens to be installed.

The two signs (map and forestry information) are temporary and will be replaced with final versions at the Black Springs Heritage Festival to be held on 26th October 2019.

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