Blue Mountains region
A local Police Rescue Squad had even
conducted a training day at Anvil Rock
with the intention of looking for the
missing casting, but they were
unsuccessful and the whereabouts of
the anvil remained a mystery.
On the 15th July 2002, Mark Colleran, a
keen bushwalker, set out with the
intention of searching for the anvil but
the dense vegetation around the base of
the cliff line made the task almost
impossible and he soon abandoned his
On the 26th February 2005, the Police
Rescue Squad had the unpleasant task
of conducting a body recovery from the
base of Anvil Rock. During the recovery
process, the anvil was located, but due
to the circumstances no further action
or follow-up was undertaken to recover
the anvil at the time.
After a second unsuccessful attempt to
locate the anvil in May 2005, Mark
contacted Katoomba Police Station and
was given the name of Matt O’Brien, a
member of the Police Rescue Squad
who had located the anvil in February
Matt gave Mark GPS coordinates and
two photographs which showed him
and a colleague standing next to the
anvil. These photographs, showing the
anvil leaning against a tree, proved
invaluable to the search providing Mark
with a clearer indication of the kind of
terrain and type of tree to look for during
their next search.
Armed with this new information Mark
and his brother John set out again on
the 21 May 2005, successfully locating
the anvil at the bottom of the cliff lying
against the base of a tree.
Despite being dropped onto sandstone
from a height of 300m the anvil was
completely intact.
After taking many photographs and
detailed measurements the brothers
decided not to move the anvil, believing
that it having spent the last 35 years in
the one position may warrant historical
status and it should be left as it had
been found.
However in 2008, the anvil was indeed
retrieved by airlifting it from the valley. It
was subsequently restored by the
National Parks and Wildlife Service and
Blackheath Rotary and can be found
today back in its original resting place.
Atop Anvil Rock (
Image courtesy of Bruce Palme Photography
Original article by Brian Fox with additional
information supplied by Mike Keats - 2005.
Story and research courtesy of Mark Colleran
and the Blacksmiths Association of Western
Australia – 2007
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