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A monument commemorates the bicentenary of Flinders voyage in the sloop HMS Norfolk in 1799. 

Matthew Flinders came ashore in July 1799 to replenish water supplies and repair his sloop HMS Norfolk. He named it Shoal Bay which eventually became Yamba, 11 years after Port Phillip was established. He took sightings from Pilot Hill, but it was not until the 1830's that it was realised that the Clarence River's entrance was nearby.

 

Location

Address:Pilot Street, base of Yamba Lighthouse, Yamba, 2464
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.432603
Long: 153.363847
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:12-July-1799
Actual Event End Date:12-July-1999

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 12th July, 1999
Front Inscription
On 12th July 1799 Lt. Matthew Flinders, RN landed from his sloop ‘Norfolk’ and took noon sights in this vicinity that gave the latitude of the entrance into the Bay as 29  26’ 28’’S. He named the area Shoal Bay.
 
In July 1999 Capt. Bern Cuthbertson re-enacted Flinders’ voyage from Sydney to Hervey Bay in a replica of the ‘Norfolk’.
 
This plaque was unveiled on 12th July 1999 by His Excellency The Honourable Gordon Samuels AC Governor of New South Wales, to commemorate the Bicentenary of Flinders’ voyage. 
 
Erected by Yamba Rotary Club for the Port of Yamba Historical Society Inc.
Source: MA
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