Friday, September 30, 2011


This is quite an extensive article dealing with exploration from Sydney to Canberra starting from 1788. The first real explorers appear to have been convicts escorted by soldiers. Three names are mentioned, Wilson, Barracks and Collins.

Gentlemen and soldiers then took the lead looking to exploit new lands, Barrallier, Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. Hamilton and John Hume and James Kennedy. Charles Throsby, Joseph Wild. Mentioned also is Captain Mark Currie who discovered Tuggeranong, the Monaro and the Murrumbidgee River. The article also has a good description on the origin of Canberra's Molonglo River.

I was actually quite astonished to discover when I read this article that my GGGGrandfather (Dr Reid of Bungonia) accompanied Throsby as far as the Goulburn Plains. It really was quite a journey, a journey that lasted 34 years...

The Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine - Saturday 20 August 1927