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Peat's Grave

A cache by barefootjeff Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/18/2014
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

An historical gravesite overlooking the Hawkesbury River.


George Peat (1794-1870) was one of the first land-holders on the lower Hawkesbury. In 1843, with the help of the local Aboriginal people, he built a road along what is now the route of the Pacific Highway and established a ferry to cross the river between Kangaroo Point on the southern bank and his property "Fairview". As this new route was much easier to traverse than the Great North Road through Wiseman's Ferry, it quickly rose in popularity, so George established an inn to provide a stop-over at Peat's Ferry.

The opening of the railway between Sydney and Gosford saw road traffic diminish to the point where the ferry was discontinued, but it was revived in 1930 as an interim crossing while the adjacent road bridge, now known as the Peat's Ferry Bridge, was being built.

George left an indellible mark on the district. As well as the bridge, Peat's Ridge, Peat Island and Peat's Crater (in the Muogamarra National Park on the southern side of the river) bear his name, as does Peat Road in nearby Brooklyn.

The grave on this hill near the original "Fairview" homestead is not George's, though, but that of his ten-year-old daughter Frances. George himself was buried in Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney.

The cache is not within the fenced area of the grave, but some twenty metres away. Please do not disturb this historical site.

The site is accessed by a track that runs off the road to the boat ramp, at the end of the cleared area after the roundabout. There's now a locked gate across it, preventing vehicular access to the grave, but there's plenty of room to park at the bottom and walk up.

There are some good views down to the river from the "VIEWS" reference point on the rocks just above GZ, although it's starting to become a bit overgrown.

The cache is a 380ml sistema with a pencil and sharpener. Congratulations zack_w90 for FTF!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ba gur evtug haqre gur bireunat.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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