WESTBURY & DISTRICTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow

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1830 – Convicts building roads, bridges & buildings

originally miltary barracks Lt. Shadforth arrives with a detachment of the 57th Foot Regiment with one sergeant and 28 private soldiers under his command.
By this time, the Military Barracks and a strong Watch House (gaol) have been built. Convict gangs are working on settlers’ land and building roads and bridges for the Van Diemens Land Company which was formed in England in 1825. Visit to Westbury by Captain Donaldson and his command, fresh from an Aboriginal Muster known as the Black Line