Biographical entry Evans, George William (1780 - 1852)
- 5 January 1780
- 16 October 1852
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
- Surveyor and Explorer
George William Evans arrived in New South Wales in 1802 and was appointed acting surveyor-general in 1803. He surveyed and explored the Warragamba River and the Illawarra and was the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range. He worked in Tasmania and was a competent artist.
Born England, 5 January 1780. Died Hobart, 16 October 1852. Short apprenticeship with an engineer and architect and some elementary training in surveying, Naval Store-Keeper's Department, Table Bay 1798-1802, store-keeper in charge of the receipt and issue of grain at Parramatta 1802-03, acting surveyor-general 1804-05, farming, Hawkesbury 1805-09, surveying, New South Wales 1809-12, deputy-surveyor of lands, Van Diemen's Land 1812-25, recalled to Sydney 1813 to try to find a passage into the interior (on this expedition he was the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range), in 1815 to act as guide on a tour of the country he had discovered in 1813, in 1817 to act as second-in-command to Oxley (q.v.) in an expedition setting out from Bathurst to determine the course of the Lachlan River and in 1818 to fill the position of second-in-command to Oxley in an attempt to trace the Macquarie River to its termination, art teacher, England 1826-32, bookseller and stationer, then drawing master , The King's School, then housed in Harrisford, George Street, Parramatta while his wife conducted a finishing school for young ladies, Hobart 1844-52. Commemorated by statues in Bathurst, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
- Whitehead, John, Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 1: the Lachlan River exploration, 1817, Oxley - Evans - Cunningham, John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2003, 363 pp. Details
- Whitehead, John, Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 2: the Macquarie River, Warrumbungle Mts, Pilliga Scrub, Liverpool Plains, Apsley Falls, Hastings River, Port Macquarie 1818, Oxley and Evans, John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2004, 350 pp. Details
- Weatherburn, A. K., 'Evans, George William (1780-1852), surveyor', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 359-360. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010343b.htm. Details
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