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1820 Weereewaa

Weereewaa (Lake George)
Joseph Wild, servant of Charles Throsby and maker of the road over the Cookbundoon to Bathurst, was sent by Throsby to find Weereewaa which he had been told by local Aboriginal people existed. Wild who was illiterate was travelling with a scribe, Sylvester Hall.  He may also have been guided by the Aboriginal man Bian and was obviously advised by local Aboriginal people

On 19 August they reached Weereewaa (named Lake George by Macquarie nine weeks later), approaching it from the north seeing the fires of the natives which appeared numerous.  As they went south along the lake, they saw capital land. . . fit for any purpose, clear of timber.  A strong westerly occasioned a heavy rolling surf, like the ocean.  Wild estimated the length of the lake to be 30 miles, and two miles wide at the northern end then widening to about 10 miles.  He described the water as brackish and unfit for use.

It was noted that the grass had been burnt in the neighbourhood of the lake by the natives and was springing into nice feed, and that the plains east of the lake which are of immense extent, clear of wood, all beautiful land, not swampy.

 

  1820  /  Art  /  Last Updated December 15, 2019 by jennifer lamb  / 

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