Road to the West

Australia, 1965

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The story of the early days of Sydney Cove told by means of historical stills and by the re-enactment of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, the resulting development and relics of that period, including the old Court House at Hartley. Today fast transport enables commuters to travel to and from Sydney and the Blue Mountains in less than two hours, passing through towns named after the three explorers.



Alex Ezard

production company

Australian Commonwealth Film Unit

Artransa Park Studios






Black and White

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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Discovery and exploration

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Blaxland, Gregory, 1778-1853

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Blue Mountains (N.S.W.)


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → Australia - Discovery and exploration

History → Australia - History

History → Blaxland, Gregory, 1778-1853

History → Historic buildings - Australia

History → Historical re-enactments

History → History

History → Sydney (N.S.W.) - History

People → Blaxland, Gregory, 1778-1853

People → Lawson, William, 1774-1850

People → Wentworth, W. C. (William Charles) 1790-1872

Places → Blue Mountains (N.S.W.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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