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HISTORY OF BATHURST
- Bathurst was first seen by government surveyor George Evans in 1813, shortly after he crossed the Blue Mountains in the same year.
- Once spotted by Europeans, an era dubbed the “Colonial Period” began. It first started with a road crossing the Blue Mountains to connect Bathurst with Sydney.
- The road project was proposed by William Cox.
- Governor Lachlan Macquarie, a British army officer and colonial administrator from Scotland, approved the road construction.
- On May 7, 1815, Macquarie proclaimed and named the future town of Bathurst after Earl Bathurst.
- During the 1820s, the Australian Frontier Wars were fought between
Indigenous Australians and white settlers during the British colonization of Australia.
- In February 1823, flecks of gold were spotted in the Fish River,
but it wasn’t until 1851 that Edward Hargraves announced the discovery of payable gold in the area known as Hill End.
- The 1850s and 1860s saw rapid growth due to the discovery of gold in the Bathurst area.
- When more white people arrived in Bathurst, they saw opportunity for settlement because of the “excellent good land” available, which meant they could raise cattle and sheep.
- Other settlers grew wheat, vegetables, and fruit in the area.
- Bathurst became a city in 1885, after tremendous growth in population, business, construction, and manufacturing.
- Today, Bathurst’s economy is still very broad.
ECONOMY AND CULTURE OF BATHURST
- Bathurst has a strong manufacturing industry and a large education sector.
- Food processing, canning, mapping and surveying, and the production of stone fruits and a variety of grapes (suitable for wine-making) contribute to the economy in Bathurst.
- Sheep and wool production, which grew exponentially in the 1950s, are the dominant industries, as well as beef cattle production.
- Timber processing also contributes to Bathurst’s economy.
- Every February, Bathurst hosts the Bathurst 12 Hour motor race, as well as the Bathurst 1000 every October, which is a big tourist attraction for motorsport enthusiasts.
- From the early 20th century, Bathurst was known for its motorcycle racing and motorsport events.
- In general, sports are popular in Bathurst. Some of the most popular include rugby, cricket, hockey, and tennis.
- Bathurst is home to many museums and churches (as it is a cathedral city), as well as natural parks and caves.
- Education is Bathurst’s largest industry – there are over 60 educational facilities in the city, all accessible by several roads, rail lines, and busses.
- Bathurst is about a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney.
GEOGRAPHY OF BATHURST
- The geography of Bathurst was an important factor in its settlement, as it lays on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range. It wasn’t until colonizers were able to cross this that they settled Bathurst.
- The city is adjacent to the Macquarie River, which is part of the largest river system in Australia, the Murray-Darling basin.
- The Great Western Highway (beginning at the center of Sydney) ends in Bathurst and is a way to connect the two cities.
- The Bathurst Basin and the Tablelands areas make up the Bathurst region, and they contain granite soils, sandstone, siltstones, limestones, and some minor volcanoes.
- Due to its elevation, Bathurst experiences a subtropical highland climate, which sees warm summers and cool winters with severe summer thunderstorms.
- In the center of Bathurst lies a square known as Kings Parade, which acted originally as a market area from 1849 to 1906.
- The square now contains memorials, an open space park, and gardens for locals and tourists to walk through.
- Bathurst is home to a range of threatened species, including koalas, the purple copper butterfly, and scarlet robins.
- You might also see a flying fox (a bat species), kangaroos, and various bird species.
- There are hundreds of native plants in Bathurst, including gum trees, the silver banksia, wattle trees, and the violet kunzea (wiry shrub pictured to the right).
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Bathurst across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Bathurst worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Bathurst which is a city located in New South Wales, Australia. It is the oldest inland settlement in Australia. Founded in 1815, it has seen rapid population growth throughout its colorful history.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Bathurst Facts
- The Crossing of the Blue Mountains
- Notable People
- Map of New South Wales
- The Bathurst Rebellion
- See, Think, Wonder
- Bathurst Wordsearch
- The Australian Frontier Wars
- Wiradjuri Warriors
- Bathurst Crossword
- Visiting Bathurst
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