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Memorial tablet to Major Mitchell to commemorate his exploration of 1836 was unveiled by the people of Natimuk in 1913. Major Mitchell named the mountain Arapiles in 1836. Major Mitchell had served in the Peninsula War and had fought in the Battle of Salamanca in 1812. Arapiles was a village near the battle site. The plaque is on a cliff face on the eastern side of Mount Arapiles within the park reserve.
At the unveiling of the Bulla memorial for Hume and Hovell,Charles Daley the Secretary of the Victorian Historical Society suggested that the idea be extended to other explorers and a committee was formed to mark out the routes of Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell, Angus McMillan, and Count Paul de Strzelecki.
Thirty-six cairns or tablets to Mitchell were erected at Nyah West, Swan Hill, Cohuna, Mount Pyramid, Fernihurst, Wedderburn, Kanya, Stawell, Mount William, Horsham, Mount Arapiles, Miga Lake, Harrow, Coleraine, Casterton, Dartmoor, Isle of Bags, Portland, Mount Rouse, Mount Napier, Hamilton, Lake Repose, Dunkeld, Middle Creek, Mount Greenock, Skipton, Mitchellstown, Nagambie, Castlemaine, Expedition Pass, Kyneton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Gooramadda and a public park at Natimuk (Major Mitchell Park, Mount Arapiles, Natimuk)
|Address:||Mount Arapiles, Arapiles, 3401|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -36.754722|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||23-July-1836|
|Actual Event End Date:||23-July-1836|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 30th April, 1913|
Sir Thomas Mitchell, Explorer of Australia Felix, having discovered and named this mountain `Arapiles`, ascended it July 23rd 1836.
This tablet was erected to his honor by residents of Natimuk and surrounding districts, A.D. 1913