An ‘Advantageous Retreating Ground’ – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region and the Bathurst War

The Blue Mountains Historical Society invites you to the first of their regular monthly meetings and public talks.

Dr Stephen Gapps will present on ‘An “Advantageous Retreating Ground” – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region 1788-1817 and the Bathurst War 1822-1824’.

He is currently working on a new book, “The Bathurst War – The first Wiradjuri war of resistance 1822-1824.” His talk will introduce his listeners to his research, the connection between conflict in Sydney and Bathurst, and the role of the mountains in this.

About the Author: Dr Gapps has a long-standing interest in public history and the history of early colonial Sydney. He has taught Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked extensively as consultant historian in heritage, museums, film and television and history events and performances. In 2019 Stephen became the President of the History Council of New South Wales and a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle.


When: Saturday February 1st, morning tea from 10am. The meeting and talk will commence at 10.30am

Where: 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls

Cost: Free (members) | $5.00 (non-members)

Contact: or 02 4757 3824

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