HISTORY buffs interested in the story behind building the first road to Bathurst have the rare chance to hear from a direct descendant of the man in charge of the project.
Richard Cox will be in Bathurst next week as the guest of the Bathurst District Historical Society to give a presentation about the building of the first road to Bathurst in 1813.
The man in charge of the project was William Cox, Richard Cox’s great, great grandfather.
Richard Cox has written a biography to bring his ancestor to life and his visit next week will coincide with the Central West release and sale of William Cox: Blue Mountains Roadbuilder and Pastoralist.
Richard has also written 12 novels and a number of works of non-fiction. Historical Society president Alan McRae said the visit was a coup for the region in the lead-up to Bathurst’s bicentenary celebrations in 2015.
“The first road to Bathurst would have to be classed as nothing short of amazing,” Mr McRae said.
“To construct over 100 miles of ‘roadway’ with a group of 30 convicts through appalling terrain in just six months would not even be attempted today.”
Richard Cox’s presentation and talk will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall. The talk is open to all members of the community for just $2 (including supper).
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