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Travelling west across the river at Richmond, NSW, we have to turn the headlights on as we head into a typical Hawkesbury Valley misty autumn morning. As the incline increases, the motor has to work that little bit harder. Travelling up through Kurmond, Kurrajong Hills and Heights and around the bends, we roll the windows down to hear the beautiful melody of bellbirds. The fog is behind us now and the sun shines brightly in the clear crisp mountain air. We pass fruit stalls with promises of all manner of stone fruit but our destination lies higher up, just beyond the small mountain township of Bilpin, the home of the mountain apple.

In 1823, a young Archibald

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