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Crossing the Wollondilly River in Burragorang Valley c 1890

November 22nd, 2013 by


This image attributed to George Bell, shows a group of well dressed and equipped men crossing the Wollondilly River. Three of the men are on horseback and another two are seated in a small two wheeled cart. The last two have drawn the short straw are seen wading across in thigh deep water. One has his boots slung around his shoulders but his trousers are getting wet and the other is standing hands on hips – perhaps troubled that the photographer is taking too long.

There is no information with the image to indicate where the men where going or what they were doing. The man in centre is holding a long pole with a mysterious covered end which might give a clue, if anyone can identify it. However the location is recorded. ‘Burragorang’ is scratched into the emulsion by hand in the bottom right hand corner.

The Burragorang Valley is now Lake Burrogorang, Sydney’s main water supply, formed when Warragamba Dam was completed in 1960. The Wollondilly River was a tributary to the Warragamba River which disappeared under LakeĀ Burrogorang.

Post by Lynne McNairn, Web and Social Technologies

Photography, George Bell (attributed)
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