Murray's Run Culvert

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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Murray’s Run Culvert is just a small part of the Great North Road that was built, using convict labour, to connect the then burgeoning colony of Sydney with the Hunter Valley.

The Great North Road was built in the early decades of the 19th C. This tiny section was constructed in 1830.

Many remnants of the road still exist today. One of the best preserved sections forms a walking and cycling track that rises from the Hawkesbury River near Wisemans Ferry and continues for several kilometres well up into the surrounding valley. The fine stonework in the walls, culverts & bridges that are seen on this section is a testament to the skills of the convict labourers who worked with inadequate tools in harsh conditions, under a brutal regime.

The sad irony of the Great North Road is that, as it was being completed, the first steam ships began to arrive in the Hunter River. This much faster and more efficient means of transport virtually made the road, and the effort that went into constructing it, redundant.

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