No horsing around at new historic landmark

NEW historical signage has now been unveiled at the historical convict site at Grasstree Hill.

This long-forgotten site was uncovered through major weed clearing works undertaken by the Department of State Growth in 2017.

Now, visitors to the site can admire the ingenuity of colonial engineers, who arranged for two sandstone horse troughs to tap into a natural spring on the site of the old Grasstree Hill Road station.

The Grasstree Hill Horse Troughs are about all that remain of the site, which once housed 150 convicts working on the perilously steep Grasstree Hill Road to Richmond.

“This cultural heritage project has highlighted an important piece of our shared history, which will now be able to be celebrated by the community as a whole,” Clarence Acting Mayor Heather Chong said.

This project was undertaken by Clarence City Council’s Cultural Heritage Committee in partnership with the Department of State Growth.

Caption: Clarence Cultural History Advisory Committee members at the new interpretation sign.

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