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Angus McMillan Cairn
Angus McMillan Cairn

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A monument commemorates Angus McMillan, the Gippsland explorer who was born on the Isle of Skye in 1810, and who emigrated to Australia in 1838.

Employed by fellow Scot, L. Macalister, he was sent south to look for pastures when drought struck. After several attempts he reached Port Albert in 1840. He took up a run at Bushy Park on the Avon River, where he developed one of the finest properties in the colony. He became known for his hospitality and public spirit. He was the first member for South Gippsland in the Legislative Assembly.  He cut tracks for the Government through the mountains to the gold fields to recoup his financial position after a disastrous bush fire. An accident at Iguana Creek caused his death in 1865 and he was buried at Sale cemetery. Memorials to Angus McMillan also exist at Bushy Park where he lived and at Iguana Creek where he died.

BAIRNSDALE, Tuesday. In the absence of the Minister of Lands, the Under Secretary, Mr. H. O. Allan, addressing an assemblage of residents, who had gathered on Ambyne Hill to witness the unveiling of the Angus McMillan cairn, said he was there to say that the Minister had reserved for public use an area of about ten acres surrounding the Hill as a park. This had been given the name of Howitt Park, to honor the memory of one of the foremost pioneers of the district, Dr. A. W. Howitt whose work in Gippsland as a bushman, geologist and anthropologist, was widely known. He would be better remembered by the general public as the finder of the lost Burke and Wills expedition. Subsequently the Governor declared the park open.
The Age (Melbourne) 6 April 1927. 


Address:Princes Highway, Howitt Park, Bairnsdale, 3875
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.824171
Long: 147.644623
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 5th April, 1927
Front Inscription

Angus McMillan explorer

Arrived at this site of 17th January 1840

This cairn was erected in his honour was unveiled by His Excellency Lord Somers Governor Of Victoria on 5th April, 1927


Source: MA
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