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01-May-2015
01-May-2015

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin / Arthur Garland

A cairn commemorates the first exploration of western New South Wales by John Oxley, Evans and party.

The Mayor of Forbes (Alderman J. J. Patterson) journeyed to Condobolin on Wednesday last to represent this district at the unveiling of the monument to mark the discovery by Explorer Oxley on the 29th July, 1814, of some interesting aboriginal relics about 20 miles below Condobolin. Railway Superintendent Milne, of Orange, was mainly instrumental in having this memorial erected.
Forbes Times (NSW), 31 July 1914.

Location

Address:Condobolin - Lake Cargelligo Road, Goobothery Hill, 1.5 kilometres east of Kiacatoo Road, Kiacatoo, 2877
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.069744
Long: 146.784799
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Actual Event STart Date:29-July-1817
Actual Event End Date:29-July-1817

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 29th July, 1914
Front Inscription

           This Cairn
Was Erected By Order Of
THE HONOURABLE W.H.HOLMAN 
Premier Of This State
To Commemorate
The First Exploration Of
WESTERN NEW SOUTH WALES

Explorers Oxley, Evans And Party
Camped Close To This Site
     : July 29th 1817 :

Also The Discovery Of The Grave Of A 
Prehistoric Chief Of The Calare Tribe

Of Aborigines On This Spot.
According To Tribal Tradition, The Chief
Was Drowned In An Attempt To Cross The 
Lachlan River Whilst It Was In High Flood.  
The Carved Posts Bear Exact Facsimiles
Of The Aboriginal Arborclyphs Carved On
Two Cypress Pine Trees Which Grew Where
These Posts Now Stand.

The Hon. T. Brown, M.L.A. Lachlan Electorate
D. M. Menzies.  President of Lachlan Shire
Thos. B. Watson.  Mayor of Condolbin.
            July 29th 1914.

Plaque :

This Memorial was
unveiled by
the Honourable JOHN ESTELL M.L.A.
Minister for Labour and Industry
July 29th 1914

Plaque :

This Spot Was Located
              By
Railway Superintendent E. Milne  
S. J. Waite. J.P, -  O. L. May,
H. F. May, - and T. Richards
- July 21st 1913

Source: MA, H
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