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LECKBANDT, OLLIE - The Forgotten Stockade  Old Bathurst Road

Title: The Forgotten Stockade Old Bathurst Road
Description: The Author, Lithgow, 2002. Quarto paperback, 76pp., monochrome illustrations. New. This book describes the historical remains and artefacts found along the Old Bathurst Road. This includes Mount Kirkley Stockade - a relatively small workcamp though vital to colonial road building; Hassan Walls and the Mt Victoria and Mt Walker stockades. These stockades housed convict road gangs and their regiment guards building the Mitchells Road and bridges over the Cox's River in the 1830s. The author notes that the last recorded colonial regiments in the Lithgow district were the 80th and 28th at Hassans Walls, in 1839 and 1840 respectively. Major Mitchell's road from Mount Victoria Pass to Bathurst, is rich in colonial history, particularly old road works; convict stockades; military stations; road camps and inns. All of these were an integral part of colonising the west. As Ollie Leckbandt writes, "Not all history is contained in library records; it is also concealed in the ground." Finds of coins, military buttons and domestic buttons, musket rounds, nails and brass name plates provide a sense of this hidden record. A wide variety of historical documents give insight into the colonial lives of the protagonists at these stockades, who have left behind their nameplates in the earth.

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Price: AUD 22.00 = appr. US$ 15.22 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 74927


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