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During February of 1797, the vessel Sydney Cove was wrecked at the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.

On 27 February, seventeen of the survivors set off in the ship’s longboat towards Sydney for help. The longboat was washed ashore near here, and the group, headed by the supercargo William Clarke and the first mate Hugh Thompson was forced to walk north along the coast towards Sydney.

The party of 17 set out on March 15, and after a walk of almost two months during which period many died from exhaustion and starvation reached Wattamolla near Sydney on 15 May 1797. Of this group, only three survived the journey. This remarkable walk was the first known European exploration of the south eastern coast of Australia and marked the first contact between Aboriginals and Europeans in this area


GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.891667
Long: 147.991111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:27-February-1797
Actual Event End Date:15-May-1797


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 15th March, 1997
Source: MA
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