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31-October-2011 (Graeme Saunders)
31-October-2011 (Graeme Saunders)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

A cairn commemorates the voyage of exploration by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836.

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).

HAMILTON, Friday.--Cairns erected by local residents under the supervision of the Historical Society of Victoria, commemorating the stages in Major Mitchell`s historic journey of 1836, were unveiled today by Sir J. Barrett. Cairns mark the camps and places the explorer passed when he opened up the inland parts of Western Victoria. The first to be unveiled was that marking the camp at Lake Repose, on the Brie Brie lane between Dunkeld and Gleinthompson, where Major Mitchell rested cattle for a fortnight. An inspection was made today of the stump of a tree that was inscribed by the party. Portion of the tree is now in Hamilton Botanic Gardens. In the afternoon cairns were unveiled on the Coleraine-Harrow road, about four miles from Harrow, near the Balmoral turn off,  and at Harrow, where Major Mitchell passed at the end of July and the beginning of August. On Saturday a further cairn will be unveiled at Miga Lake, which Major Mitchell passed on 20th July. 
Age (Melbourne), 13 December 1930.

Location

Address:Coleraine - Edenhope Road, , Harrow, 3317
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.19591
Long: 141.614756
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:02-August-1836
Actual Event End Date:02-August-1836

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 12th December, 1930
Front Inscription

MAJOR MITCHELL
Passed This Spot
2nd Aug 1836

Source: MA
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