This article provides an introduction to the types of evidence available in relation to the Great North Road.
9.01 Experimental and Deduced
This article first discusses cases of Experimental evidence, through the examples of Corn meal porridge and bark huts. It then goes on to discuss Deduced evidence such as vegetables, Clares Bridge and Circuit Flat Bridge.
9.02 Physical Evidence
Physical evidence in the form of archaeological evidence has been found in the area. An example provided is of black bottles found at two convict encampments.
9.03 "I Survived"
This article recounts the experience of the author in a journey to Lower Mangrove Creek. It tells of the moment he located a convict etching in stone and then reflects upon the meaning behind it.
9.04 Blasting and Quarrying
This article describes the use of blasting and quarrying during the time of construction of the Great North road. It briefly explains the techniques employed and materials used.
This article provides a definition of the term blasting as well as a history both in general and then specifically regarding the Great North Road.
9.06 Physical Evidence of the Method of Building the Great North Road
This article reports the road works that have been conducted on the Great North Road in order to give insight into the road surfaces at particular sites.
9.07 Mitchell's Journal
A transcription of an extract from T L Mitchell’s Memoranda Book 1826 – 1827, outlining his theory for the laying-out of roads.
9.08 An Investigation of Historical Evidence Regarding the Remnant Stone Bridge, Pyes Creek
This article outlines the study completed to assist in an archaeological investigation into the remains of a stone bridge on the former alignment of the Great North Road constructed by convict labour.
9.09 Following Simpsons Track
This article recounts the experiences of the author in retracing the 1828 route of Simpson’s Track between Wisemans Ferry and Lake Macquarie, providing insight into what the trail was like and the impressive natural and man-made sights observed along the way.