Roberts Creek at the bottom of Irwins Road, East Kurrajong, New South Wales. Cathy McHardy September 2009.
The source of Roberts Creek, which was known as Roberts Swamp for many years may be found in the valley near the junction of Comleroy Road and East Kurrajong Road. The creek then flows in an easterly direction along the narrow valley between Blaxlands Ridge and the Bull Ridge, East Kurrajong, New South Wales. A ford crosses the creek on Roberts Creek Road (constructed 1899) joining East Kurrajong with Blaxlands Ridge and a concrete bridge spans the creek on the Putty Road. The grassy valley floor then broadens out until the creek enters the Hawkesbury River after crossing West Portland Road near Sackville.
In 1899 another route was put through from Blaxlands Ridge to Bull Ridge which is not longer a public road. The Bloodwood Firetrail now follows the northern section of the road off Blaxlands Ridge Road but the route across Roberts Creek and on to join the Bull Ridge at the Putty Road now lies within private property.
The first advertisement for the sale of land along Roberts Swamp appreared in the Government Notices section of the Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser on the 15 October 1836. Fifty acres at Roberts Swamp in the County of Cook near Wilberforce had been applied for by Robert Gee at a price of five shillings per acre. Further sales of land were advertised the following years. In 1839 George Hall jnr was granted 640 acres at Roberts Swamp near the Hawkesbury River. James Roberts was granted 30 acres of land on 30 June 1845 near the source of the creek, possible the origin for the naming of the creek. By 1841 the land in the area had appreciated in value and was now selling for twelve shillings per acre and the proximity to the growing town of Wilberforce was a selling point.
A mostly perennial stream rising on the Bull Ridge at Comleroy Road. It flows generally ENE for about 12 miles (19.3 kms) into the Hawkesbury River.
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