avatarAndy Macqueen

Andy Macqueen has written five highly-acclaimed history books about the Blue Mountains bush. The books carry a strong environmental message.

A joint-member of the Nook with his wife Liz, Andy has been an enthusiastic Blue Mountains bushwalker since he was a teenager in the 1960s. Settling in the Mountains in 1988 he became an active conservationist, and also took an interest in the history of colonial exploration and surveying, Aboriginal contact history, and bushwalking and conservation history. His first book concerned the French explorer Francis Barrallier, who tried to cross the Blue Mountains 1802. The book was published in 1993. It is no longer available but still sought after.

In 2019 Andy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his voluntary work for the environment and conservation.

The following books, signed by Andy, are available in the Nook:

Wayfaring in Wollemi: stories of people in wilderness (2017; 352 pages, hard cover). The Wollemi is the largest wilderness area in NSW, and hides a rich cultural history.

Back from the Brink: Blue Gum Forest and the Grose Wilderness (2007; 352 pages). The huge valley that we see today from Govetts Leap survived numerous development threats before it became national park and part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. At its heart is the iconic Blue Gum Forest, the cradle of the conservation in NSW.

Somewhat perilous: the journeys of Singleton, Parr, Howe, Myles and Blaxland in the Northern Blue Mountains (2004; 192 pages). It took several attempts before Europeans found a way across the mountains to the Hunter Valley. In the end, assistance from Aboriginal people made it possible.

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