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EARLY SETTLEMENT - William Cox, The Road Builder P.19

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Governor Lachlan Macquarie made Cox magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He also commissioned Cox to build a road over the Blue Mountains in 1814.  

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During the Bligh rebellion Cox was in England and was never called to witness where his sympathies lay, however, his wife and son signed a petition of loyalty to Bligh organised by settlers on the Hawkesbury where Cox lived after the sale of Brush Farm, earning the ire of  Macarthur and the corps.
Governor Lachlan Macquarie made Cox magistrate at the Hawkesbury, where he earned the reputation of being a humane employer and magistrate. He freely issued leave passes, known as ‘Captain Cox’s Liberties’, which later upset Commissioner John Thomas Bigge.
Cox was responsible for building gaols, schools and other buildings in the Windsor district, several of which still stand, including the court-house, 1820, which was built to the plans of Francis Greenway.
After the crossing of the Blue Mountains, Macquarie commissioned Cox in July 1814 to supervise the building of a road following the Evans route. Cox, with thirty convicts, built the road with dozens of bridges in 101 miles (163 km) of rugged country in six months. Governor Macquarie consequently named the steep descent down Mount York and the river below it after Cox. Cox also explored the source of the Lachlan River and organized provisions for John Oxley's expedition.

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