Glimpse of Lane Cove River
Governor Arthur Phillip was a keen explorer and led parties across the Sydney Harbour from the colony itself into the river estuaries as well as to several of the coves. On the 22nd April 1788, he and a contingent of marines intended to explore the head of the harbour. Landing somewhere around the confluence of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, his party set off on foot westward searching for good land on which to start farms. Phillip was very positively impressed by the landscape on this trip describing it as ‘singularly fine’, ‘of a very pleasing and picturesque appearance’ and mentions finding ‘the soil excellent, except in a few small spots where it was stony.’ (From The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay by Arthur Phillip).