26 September 2023

Australia’s most significant road revealed

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A book released by Transport for NSW detailing the history of the Hume Highway has now gone digital.

Minister for Roads, Andrew Constance said the book was one of the first official online historic guides of its kind.

“The portal provides easy-to-use interactive maps so anyone travelling on the Hume Highway knows where to stop and explore interesting landmarks such as historic bridges, fine colonial buildings and scenic parks, rivers and locations,” Mr Constance said.

“The road was named a century after colonial-born Hamilton Hume and William H. Hovell made the first overland journey by white explorers from Sydney to the Victorian coast in 1824,” he said.

“Although it was still a rough and ready local track, in many places it was proclaimed a highway, and road engineering took almost another century to live up to the name.”

Mr Constance said much of the present highway was along the same route, from Ashfield in Sydney’s inner west, stretching past Camden, Goulburn, Yass and Albury, as well as smaller townships.

He said the online portal drew on stories and insights from the historical societies along the route and official documents sourced from Transport for NSW and its predecessors Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and the Department of Main Road (DMR).

The portal can be accessed via this PS News link.

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