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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ponies at Bull's Camp

Cave at Bull's Camp
(originally thought to house convicts overnight
but now considered to have been a store for food)
An article in the Nepean Times dated 8.2.1940 stated that permission had been given by the Blue Mountains Council (temporarily) for the establishment of ponies for hire at Bull's Camp reserve Woodford.  It would seem that the recreation was recommended as a good way to popularise the reserve.  The article went on to state that the reserve was of historic importance being the site of a military camp under the supervision of Captain Bull.  The camp was established for the convict road gangs that were employed in road building along the Western Road.  Woodford House was built later to accomodate the officers in charge of the road works in the mid twenties.

The reserve has subsequently been encroached on by contemporary road works and unfortunatelty, today, is in a sad state.  

Dam wall constructed by convicts

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