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D6483 Timber specimen, White Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus oreades R.T.B.), marked by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia, 1813. Click to enlarge.

White Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) timber specimen

Made
In March 1901 the Technology Museum, as the Powerhouse Museum was then known, ordered three specimens of the Mountain Ash tree Eucalyptus regnans from a dealer in the Blue Mountains. In 1935 they were transferred to the New South Wales Forestry Department but the Museum kept a section of one of the logs which bore some roughly cut markings on the trunk. These are thought to have been made by Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth, and Lieutenant Lawson when they crossed the Blue Mountains for the …

Summary

Object No.

D6483

Object Statement

Timber specimen, White Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus oreades R.T.B.), marked by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia, 1813

Physical Description

Timber specimen, Eucalyptus oreades R T B (White Mountain Ash), marked by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia, 1813

Timber specimen of White Mountain Ash with a smooth, front side and a coarse, uneven back. The specimen is roughly shaped with a flat base; tall, vertical sides and a broken, arch-like top. It is mounted on a rectangular wooden base with two short blocks of wood for reinforcement at the back. The specimen and mount is dark brown in colour.

Marks

Handwritten in white ink on the left front hand side of the specimen is 'Part of the tree / marked by BLAXLAND- / LAWSON- WENTWORTH- / being the farthest distance / reached in their first attempt / to cross the Blue Mountains / A.D. 1813.'. To the right of this is 'WHITE MOUNTAIN ASH / Eucalyptus oreades. R.T.B. / (Myrtaceae) / Katoomba. N.S.W.'.

Dimensions

Height

1100 mm

Width

600 mm

Depth

240 mm

Production

Notes

This timber specimen was collected from Pulpit Hill in the Blue Mountains.

History

Notes

The tree from which this specimen belongs comes from Pulpit Hill in the Blue Mountains. The tree is claimed to have been marked by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813.

Source

Credit Line

Collected by Mr Connelly, 1901

Acquisition Date

25 March 1901

Cite this Object

Harvard

White Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) timber specimen 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/224034>

Wikipedia

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