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A monument commemorates the exploration by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836.  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)

Natimuk, Wednesday.  About 2000 people today visited Mount Arapiles, situated five miles west of Natimuk, in connection with the unveiling of a tablet in honor of the late Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who in 1836 discovered the mountain and named it after a place in Spain, where his brother fell at the battle of Salamanca. The movement emanated from the Natimuk school committee twelve months ago, and twenty-three district schools were represented, and a special train, convoying about a thousand people, was run from Horsham. The day was beautifully fine. The visitors included Messrs. Frank Tate, Director of Education; C.R. Long, school inspector; James Menzies, M.L.A., and Dr. Barrett. After the visitors had been shown around the Natimuk school and the splendid garden attached thereto, and driven around Natimuk Lake and Salt Lake, they, with a number of district residents holding public positions, were entertained at dinner. Speeches were delivered by Messrs. Thomas Young, C. R. Long, Dr Barrett and Mr. Frank Tate.

The party then motored to the mount, where the unveiling ceremony was performed by the Director of Education, and further speeches were delivered. When the Australian flag was removed revealing the tablet, the Natimuk brass band played God Save the King.  The brass tablet is set into a bold rock in the face of what is known as the bluff, and bears the following inscription:— Sir Thomas Mitchell, explorer of Australia Felix, having having discovered and named this mountain Arapiles, ascended it on 23rd July, 1836.  This tablet was erected to his honor by residents of Natimuk and surrounding districts, A.D., 1913. The assemblage enjoyed itself in picnic fashion before and after the unveiling ceremony. In the evening a commemorative banquet was held, at which there was a large attendance.

Age (Melbourne), 1 May 1913.


Address:McLures Road, West side of Mount Arapiles, Arapiles, 3401
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.752232
Long: 141.806227
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:23-July-1836
Actual Event End Date:23-July-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 30th April, 1913
Front Inscription

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

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