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Wiiliam Cox built the first road over the Blue Mountains in 1814-1815, allowing European settlement to expand beyond the Sydney region. The bicentenary of this event will occur in 2014-2015 and plans are already underway for commemorative activities.


The William Cox Fellowship aims to keep descendants informed about the celebrations and ways in which they can participate


For more information about William Cox you can visit these websites:


Edna Hickson, 'William Cox', Australian Dictionary of Biography


Thelma Birrell's website on the Cox family


Roads and Maritime Services pamphlet on Cox's Road


William Cox married Rebecca Upjohn in 1789 and she died in 1819. He then married Anna Blachford in 1821. This website lists the grandchildren of both these marriages as well as highlighting some famous Cox descendants. Please contact us if you have any interesting information you would like to share.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Contrary to a completely untrue allegation in a recent book, William's first wife Rebecca did NOT drown. The death notice in the Sydney Gazette of 13 March 1819 stated: "DIED. At Clarendon, the seat of Wm Cox, Esq, on the banks of Hawkesbury, on Thursday the 4th instant, universally regretted and lamented, Mrs Cox, after an illness of many weeks, which she endured with Christian fortitude."