Victoria Pass, Blue Mountains, 1838-

From Engineering Heritage New South Wales


Surveyor-General Major Thomas Mitchell instigated this line of road to bypass the steeper descent at Mount York.

This superb example of early colonial roadwork was constructed between 1830 and 1838 by successively, Assistant Surveyor P Elliot, John Lambie and John Nicholson using convict labour.

This work was a significant technical achievement in the early years of road technology development.

The pass with its stone-walled causeway has been the principal route since 1832 and opened up the Western Districts of New South Wales. The pass still carries the Great Western Highway.

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Engineering Heritage Recognition Program

Marker Type National Engineering Landmark (NEL)
Award Date April 2002 (from EA website)
Prominent People Sir P Elliot, Sir John Lambie, Sir John Nicholson, Major Thomas Livingston Mitchell
Nomination Document Available here
Ceremony Booklet MISSING
Interpretation Panel None installed.
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