The Royal Visit to the Blue Mountains 1954, “the sight of a white gloved hand in the distance…”

THE ROYAL VISITThe Queen’s first royal visit to Australia commenced with the entry of the S.S. Gothic through Sydney heads at 8.00 am on Wednesday 3rd February 1954. On the Blue Mountains leg of the tour, the royal train arrived 10 minutes late at Katoomba and the reception at Echo Point ran longer than planned. Aldermen and their wives “agreed to forgo the pleasure of being presented, allowing the royal guests time to enjoy the scenery”. This allowed the tour to make up time and depart Leura only 5 minutes late. The following extracts are from official publications and local … Continue reading The Royal Visit to the Blue Mountains 1954, “the sight of a white gloved hand in the distance…”

Bushwalking and the Conservation Movement

During the years of the Great Depression the popularity of walking in the Blue Mountains revived. The impact of the motorcar had deflected interest away from the old walking tracks until the general decline in prosperity meant that hiking guides replaced motoring guides as sources of popular recreation and visitors to the Blue Mountains began to rediscover the bush. With the increasing popularity of bushwalking, the early 1930s also saw the emergence of the modern conservation movement. Myles Dunphy, who began walking in the Blue Mountains before World War I, had been influential in forming the Mountains Trails Club in … Continue reading Bushwalking and the Conservation Movement