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Blue Gum Forest & the Grose Wilderness

Andy Macqueen


The Cradle of Conservation

Everyone has been to the lookouts. Many have been to the Blue Gum Forest, deep in the valley-- but few know the remote & hidden recesses of the labyrinth beyond. Here, an hour or two from Sydney, is a very wild place.

The Grose has escaped development. There have been schemes for roads, railways, dams, mines & forestry, but the bulldozers have been kept out. Instead, the valley became the Cradle of Conservation in New South Wales when it was reserved from sale in 1875-- an event magnificently reinforced in 1931 when a group of bushwalkers were moved to save the Blue Gum Forest from the axe.

This is the story of the whole Grose Wilderness, & of the Blue Gum Forest in particular. It is the story of people who have visited the wilderness: Aborigines, explorers, engineers, miners, track builders, bushwalkers, canyoners, climbers...those who have loved it, & those who have threatened it.



Left: Geological diagram of the Grose Valley. Half size.
The Author

Andy Macqueen has been an enthusiastic bushwalker & conservationist since the 1960's. He lives with his family in the Blue Mountains, where he teaches people about the bush, & researches & writes local history. He links his interest in the region to his great-great grandfather Frederick D'Arcy, who was one of Major Mitchell's surveyors.


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Andy Macqueen
Published by Andy Macqueen,
39 Bee Farm Rd,
Springwood, NSW 2777, Australia.
320 pages, B&W photos, maps & diagrams.



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