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Significant individuals: Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
45 minutes


Step back in time to 1813 and follow the journey of Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth and William Lawson as they make their way over the Blue Mountains to find out what was on the other side. Motivated by thoughts of adventure and determined to find more grazing land to the west, Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson entered the history books when they headed up the mountains, taking almost the exact same path as the Great Western Highway does today. 

In this virtual excursion, students will engage with original primary source material from the State Library collection and uncover how these three explorers contributed to the development of Australia and why their adventure is still significant today.  

Curriculum outcomes


  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia  
  • HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time  
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication 

Please note

This session, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the State Library of NSW.

Booking Details




45 minutes 

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