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21st May 2019
Reference:   5465
Placename:   Blue Mountains
Designation:   City
Status:   Assigned 24th October 1969
LGA:   Blue Mountains
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -33 45 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   150 30 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -33 44 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   150 30 04
Topographic Map:   Springwood
1:100000 Map:   Penrith 9030
Parish:   Linden
County:   Cook
Description:   A city covering an area of about 1399 square km, from the confluence of the Warragamba and Nepean Rivers N to the Grose River and W to Coxs River. It extends for about 48 km from Lapstone to Mt. Victoria E of the Great Dividing Range encompassing some 24 separate townships, most of them straddling the Great Western Highway. Proclaimed a city on 19th September, 1947.
Meaning:   'Blue Mountains, from the appearance which land so high generally wears.'. (G Mackaness, Fourteen Journeys over the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Intro., 1965)
Origin:   Name came from blue haze that enveloped the area, Gov. Phillip in 1788 named the area as Carmarthen Hills and Landsdowne Hills p.9 (Information from A Pictorial History of the Blue Mountains.)
History:   'To the northern section of which Phillip gave the name Carmarthen Hills, and to the southern, Lansdowne Hills.'...'were commonly known in the colony by the name Blue Mountains'(Fourteen Journeys)
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