Descendant launches her play on explorers' crossing

THERE will a lot of unique features to the celebrations marking the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains but none more so than a play written by Wendy Blaxland,  a direct descendant of explorer Gregory Blaxland.

WENDY is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the re-enactment at Hartley earlier this year.

The play, titled Crossing is having its launch at the Blaxland High School, in the Blue Mountains village named after her famous ancestor.

Its first public performance in Lithgow will be at Treeview Estate on May 30 and again at the Union Theatre on the night of Thursday June 6.

There will also be performances for local schoolchildren, bringing to life a history lesson that was previously confined to their classroom.

The bicentennial program gets under way today with a re-enactment trek across the Mountains setting out from the site of Gregory Blaxland’s farm at St Marys.

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