- Lawson, New South Wales
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Lawson
city = Sydney
state = NSW
caption = The Great Western Highway at Lawson
City of Blue Mountains
postcode = 2783
pop = 2,419 (2006)
fedgov = Macquarie
near-nw = "
Blue Mountains National Park"
near-n = "
Blue Mountains National Park"
near-ne = Hazelbrook
near-w = Bullaburra
near-e = Hazelbrook
near-sw = Bullaburra
near-se = Hazelbrook
Lawson is a town in the Blue Mountains of
New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Great Western Highwaybetween Hazelbrook in the north east and Bullaburra in the west. It has a station on the Main Western line. The town is also served by a public swimming pool and over the years has developed into the commercial hub of the mid-mountains area that expands from Linden to Bullaburra, boasting a significant industrialised area as well as a shopping centre located on the south-eastern side of the highway.
The current population, combined with that of Bullaburra, is 3637 (Census 2001).
One of the first settlements on the eastern slopes of the Blue Mountains, Lawson was identified on early maps as 24 Mile Hollow - a name which was changed, curiously, to Christmas Swamp for a few years. When the Blue Mountain Inn was opened in 1848, the locals adopted the name Blue Mountain for the village. This name was also given to the original railway station after the rail line was pushed through in 1867. The presence of a Blue Mountain on the Blue Mountains, however, became so confusing to visitors that the authorities stepped in and renamed the village Lawson in honour of
William Lawsonwho, along with William Wentworthand Gregory Blaxland, blazed the first trail across the Blue Mountains in 1813["Origin of Blue Mountains Town Names" [http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au Blue Mountains City Council] ] .
Unlike neighbouring Hazelbrook and other areas in the Blue Mountains, Lawson is not well known for scenic attractions; however, several walks exist to the south and north. A circular track through South Lawson Park adjacent to the former Central Blue Mountains Golf Club takes in a series of four waterfalls: Adelina Falls, Cataract Falls, Federal Falls and Junction Falls. On the north side of town beyond the swimming centre, walks take in Dantes Glen and Echo Bluff.
Lawson was at the centre of controversy due to an ongoing government project to widen the Great Western Highway. The highway was a single lane in each direction through the town; the proposed plan by the
Roads and Traffic Authorityfor widening necessitate the removal and relocation of the existing shops and the demolition of the old Mechanics Institute building that dated back to the early 1900s. Groups opposed to the demolition claimed the hall could be re-sited; others claimed this would be too costly, that the building was in poor repair and contained dangerous levels of asbestos. There was also a group lobbying for the retention of the shops on heritage grounds.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
New South Wales state election, 1968 — 1965 ← 24 February 1968 (1968 02 24) … Wikipedia
New South Wales cricket team — This article is about the cricket team. For the rugby league team, see New South Wales rugby league team. New South Wales Coach … Wikipedia
New South Wales — a state in SE Australia. 5,126,217; 309,433 sq. mi. (801,430 sq. km). Cap.: Sydney. * * * State (pop., 2001: 6,609,304), southeastern Australia. Bounded by Queensland, the Pacific Ocean, Victoria, and South Australia, it has an area of 309,130 sq … Universalium
New South Wales Individual Speedway Championship — The New South Wales Individual Speedway Championship is a Motorcycle speedway championship held annually in New South Wales to determine the NSW State champion. The event is organised by the NSW Solo Riders Association and is sanctioned by… … Wikipedia
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — The New South Wales Premier s Literary Awards were established in 1979 by the New South Wales Premier Neville Wran. Commenting on its purpose, Wran said: We want the arts to take, and be seen to take, their proper place in our social priorities.… … Wikipedia
New South Wales Blues — Infobox cricket team county=New South Wales oneday=New South Wales Blues coach=Matthew Mott captain=Simon Katich founded=1856 ground=Sydney Cricket Ground ANZ Stadium capacity=40,002 fcdebutvs=Victoria fcdebutyr=1856 fcdebutvenue=Melbourne… … Wikipedia
New South Wales — Nouvelle Galles du Sud « NSW » redirige ici. Pour les autres significations, voir NSW (homonymie). Cet article concerne l État d Australie. Pour l ancienne région du Canada, voir Nouvell … Wikipédia en Français
Lawson railway station, New South Wales — Cityrail Station alt|station name=Lawson| servicearea=Blue Mountains Line|servicearea color=#Blue Mountains line colour|servicearea textcolor=black code=LWN|town=Lawson|street=Loftus St|distance=96.04|altitude=?|traintype=Intercity|platforms=2|tra… … Wikipedia
New South Wales cricket team records — This is a list of records for the New South Wales cricket team. Contents 1 First class records 1.1 Individual records 1.1.1 Most matches played 1.1.2 Most catches (fielder) … Wikipedia
Hazelbrook, New South Wales — Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb name = Hazelbrook city = Sydney state = NSW caption = lga = City of Blue Mountains postcode = 2779 est = pop = 4,447 (2006) area = propval = stategov = fedgov = Macquarie near nw = near n = Blue Mountains… … Wikipedia