#OnThisDay 12 November 1821 Lt William Lawson, the Commandant of Bathurst at the time, arrived at the future site of Mudgee. Earlier in the year James Blackman became the first European settler to move to the region. The first land grant in 1823 was to Captain Henry Steele. In 1837 a detailed survey was conducted on the village site which was then gazetted in the following year.
Mudgee is the second oldest town west of the Great Divide.