The Country between Liverpool Plains and Moreton Bay, in New South Wales

H. G. Hamilton
1843 Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. C om . H A M I L T O N on the Country 6etween is of a diSerent character: the rivers, after running a few miles oxrer a comparatively level country, suddenly fall into ravines frequently 2000 feet deep, and so perpendicular as to lJe perfectly impassable for man or beast; at least no one has yet found a way across them. The old roael from New England to Port lVfacquarie, after following (lown the leading rielge between the Apsley and M Leay rivers, continues along the narrow gorge of the latter, crossing it above thirty times before reaching the open country. The scenery, you may imagine, is very beautiful, and the falls during the rainy season SlUSt be gran(l. March 24, 1843. I send with this a map Qf the country we passed throughn with our route marke(l in red ink. I (lo not preten(l that it is perfectly correct, having, as I said betore, only had a small compass with me. The parts through which our road (loes not pass are from the reports of those lis-ing on or near the spot, anel they are as correct as can at present be obtaineel. The latitude and longitude of " Wandsworth " may be depende(l upon, as I got them from Mr. Halled, *vhose station it is, an(l who had (letermined them by repeated obserx7ations; the l ositions of " Shoal Bay " and, I l)elieve, " Tamworth," are already correctly placed in Arrowsmith's map, so tllat the relat-ive positions of the intermediate places are not likely to be far out. The rivers " Sovereign " and " Severn," with all the intermediate waters, form the hea(ls of what Arrowsmith in his map calls " Dumaresque River," but it is now known ly the name of "Severn" until it joins the " Darling." The " M'Intyre River " an(l " 13an(1arra " lsoth run into the " Gwydir," the " Bandarra " being the principal head; and the " Macdonald River" joins the Nammoy. I believe it to be the same as tlle Muluerindie of Arrowsmith. With regard to the names, all within ( ) are those of the persons at present occupying the clifferent stations; some of the others are the native names. None of theln are my own. To resume the narrative of our journey. From our camp at the foot of the Moonbi pass, we went to the inn on the c; Macdonald" (where we breakfasted), 10 miles of; an(l after givin;, our horses an hour's rest, proceeded to Salisbury, a station belonging to Mr. Marsh, 25 miles from the " Macdonald." This part of " New England " is principally granite, of a grey colour, and coarse in the grain; the first we met with was 3 or 4 miles from the foot of the " Moonbi" pass, where in many places the ground was covered with enormous boul(lers, some of them rest ingon other stones of the same kin(l, but of much smaller size. The pass itself is a severe pull for loaded drays, btlt it is the only road on to the table-land from the S. We-remained at Salisbury
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