William Lawson statue
Public Art: William Lawson statue
Date unveiled: c1891
Location: The statue of William Lawson is located in
a niche on the Bent Street facade of the Department of Lands Building, Bridge Street, Sydney, Australia.
So who was William Lawson? : William Lawson
(1774-1850) was a patoralist and explorer who helped in the discovery of a passage through the Blue Mountains in
Lawson was born in Middlesex, England to Scottish parents. He journeyed to Australia in 1800 as an
ensign with the New South Wales Corps. In 1808 he was granted land of 500 acres he named Veteran Hill and
built himself a mansion.
A few years later, in 1813, he teamed up with with Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth on an
expedition to look for more pastorial land This journey would take them across the Blue Mountains. For his efforts
Lawson was granted a further 1,000 acres which made him one of the largest land holders in Australia at the
In 1819 Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed him commander of the Bathurst settlement. During his
four years in the position he continued exploring and made it as far as Mudgee.
William Lawson died in his beloved mansion at Veteran Hall on the 16th June, 1850.
William Lawson Trivia
Following Lawson's death in 1850 his mansion and property at Veteran Hall was aquired by the
Metropolitan Water Board and most of the granted property is now submerged by the waters of Prospect reservoir. The
house was demolished in 1926.
The town of Lawson in the Blue Mountains is named after him.