On his return trip he ventured through the southern part of Blayney
Shire and saw another, higher flat-topped peak to the north, which was
later to be named Mount Canobolas.
People came to settle the area during the 1820's and in 1839 the
village of Carcoar was officially
notified in the Government Gazette. But it wasn't until the gold rush of
the 1850's and 60's that sparked the development of a number of
settlements throughout the region, including Blayney and Forest Reefs.
The site of Blayney was originally at Kings Plains, as set out by
surveyor James Richards in 1828. However, when the town was to be laid
out in 1842, it was found to be unsuitable with the present site
gazetted on 26 September, 1843.
Although allocated for farming, mining was evident throughout the
region, with gold being the most sought, followed by copper and iron.
This wealth attracted many criminals including bushrangers Ben Hall,
John Gilbert, John OMeally, John Vane and Micky Burke.
With the arrival of the railway in 1870s, saw rapid development of
the regions with towns such as Newbridge and
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