Walk 44 Tharwa Bridge, Cuppacumbalong Cemetery on the Murrumbidgee

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Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area

Naas Road

Tharwa, ACT 2620

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Explore the origin, heritage and conservation of Tharwa Bridge and Cuppacumbalong Cemetery on the Murrumbidgee

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This imposing walled cemetery was constructed of local stone from nearby Mount Tennant and filled with soil from the banks of the Murrumbidgee. Located on a granite ridge overlooking the junction of the Murrumbidgee and Gudgenby Rivers, the cemetery has four headstones, and a second internal stone wall dominated by an obelisk. The cemetery contains the graves of the De Salis family of the former Cuppacumbalong Station, employees and neighbours. It was constructed in 1878 and contains graves dating up to 1903.

This tour, led by archaeologist Dr Peter Dowling & engineer, Keith Baker, will begin at the Tharwa Bridge Reserve. Keith will discuss the history and engineering heritage of the bridge. We will then walk just over 1 kilometre along a pleasant, shady path next to the Murrumbidgee River, passing the Cuppacumbalong Homestead where we will make a short stop to learn about the establishment of the homestead. Next stop is the cemetery where we will discuss the location, history and its heritage significance. In 2013 sections of the outer wall collapsed leaving the graves under threat of being washed into the river. We will discuss the careful surveying of the cemetery using ground penetrating radar and the delicate conservation work required to reinstate and strengthen the wall and protect the graves. Then, with a copy of the ground penetrating radar plan which was used in the survey tour participants can try their hand at locating the unmarked graves.

We will leisurely retrace our steps along the river path back to the Tharwa Bridge.

It is easy walking on a mainly flat track with a few undulations. Good walking footware, long pants, hat, sunburn cream and water advisable at this time of year.

Walk Leaders: Dr Peter Dowling, archaelogist and Keith Baker, engineer

Meeting Place: Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area, Naas Road, Tharwa

Bad weather:  Unless otherwise advised by email, the leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.

Note:  For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.

Audio tour guide system: we will be using our new audio tour guide system to help the hard of hearing and to assist in physical distancing. We have two types of earphones - one fits over the ear (not in) and the other over the head. You are welcome to bring your own earphones (with a normal phone jack ie not an Apple lightning connector). The receivers and earphone will be sanitised and you will also be asked to use hand sanitiser before use. The use of the system is optional.

Price: Please note that, as previously advised, from January 2021, ticket prices will be $15 per person to cover part of the cost purchasing and maintenance of the new audio system. In addition, funds raised by our activities such as Heritage Walks go towards supporting the work of the National Trust in other areas. We think this still represents good value for money as you can hear from a variety of guides with expertise in their subjects.

COVID-19 safety:  Please check the current ACT health guidelines on protecting yourself and others before booking on this walk.  Please note that you must cancel if you are unwell (a refund will be provided on request); you should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people during the walk and observe good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. If required, your contact details will be provided to health authorities.  For this reason, we are now asking for your phone number. Hand sanitiser will be available before and during the Walk.

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Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area

Naas Road

Tharwa, ACT 2620

Australia

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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