2018 Historic Context Report for the Picton Bypass Project Enlargement of the above showing development in the study area. [NSW State Archives: Surveyor General: Sketch Books: NRS13886[X756]_a110_000020.jpg SB Vol. 4 Fol.71] ThemeAboriginal History & CultureColonialArchaeologicalLandscapeRoads, Bridges and TransportSydney SurroundsResearchHistory Authors: Liz Gorman and Dr Sue Rosen Client: Unearthed Archaeology & Heritage, for RMS When trying to decide where to run a road, it is particularly handy to know what you might bump into. As part of the due diligence process, RMS commissioned an archaeological potential report to inform the construction of a bypass of the town of Picton, in the Wollondilly Shire. Sue Rosen Associates contributed to this report by producting a historic context report, which examined patterns of historical land use, to be used as a guide as to the type and location of archaeological relics likely to be found in the area. After a field survey, we worked with the Picton & District Historical and Family History Society in their local archive to source maps, plans, title deeds, photographs, and biographical details on past notable residents of the district to get a sense of where to focus our main research efforts. These were combined with reliable secondary sources and primary sources; Surveyor General Sketch Book maps, subdivision plans, aerials and photographs, to document the sequence of European development in the area.