Thursday 5 December 2013
Evans Memorial at O’Connell
UNVEILING OF EVANS MEMORIAL AT O’CONNELL
This week marks the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of Assistant Surveyor and explorer, George Evans, to the Oberon Area.
At 3.00pm this Saturday December 7 2013 a plaque will be unveiled in the park at the Fish River at O’Connell, to commemorate the naming of the Fish River by George Evans back in 1813.
Placement of the plaque is an initiative of the Oberon Council Heritage Committee and records the significance of Evans’ journey as the first entry of European explorers into the lands of the Wiradjuri people.
On December 1 1813, Evans named Evans Crown after himself. As he travelled along the Fish River on December 6 1813, remarking on the countryside, he noted in his diary, ‘I came upon a fine plain of rich land, the handsomest country I ever saw… I have named it O’Connell Plains’ after the Lieut. Governor’. On December 7 1813, Evans proceeded over the O’Connell Plains following the water which he named the Fish River. Four miles on Evans ‘was brought up by a stream nearly as large from the south’ and on the December 8 1813 he named this stream Campbells River after the maiden name of Mrs Macquarie, wife of the Governor.
Mayor John McMahon is encouraging all local residents to attend the Unveiling Ceremony this Saturday and be a part of this great event, “This is a very significant aspect of our local history and a celebration of our area’s heritage. I look forward to seeing many local faces at the Unveiling”.
For more information please contact Oberon Council on 6329 8100.
Reference for the picture of Evans Crown is State Library of NSW, Lewin Collection