The clear night skies in the Sky Country above this part of Ngurra held great meaning for Darug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners, with the telling and retelling over eons, of the intricate entwined relationships between the ancestral beings of the sky, land and waters.
Though this unobstructed view of the Sky Country would have been similar throughout other parts of Ngurra, this clear view would have changed on the plains to the east due to the settlement of Europeans.
It is likely that this same change is what led European observers of the night sky to seek elevated points, for clearer views such as that on offer here.
Soon after Alfred Fairfax purchased Buss’ Inn in 1869, he renamed it Woodford and converted it to his country residence. By 1872 he had commenced making astronomical observations in the mountain air.
When the Government Astronomer Henry Russell, selected Woodford as one of three regional observation posts to record the Transit of Venus on 9 December 1874, a bush observatory was set up here on the 10 acre block of land newly acquired by Fairfax immediately west of his main property.