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Thomas Mitchell : 11-June-2011
Thomas Mitchell : 11-June-2011

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

A cairn commemorates the expedition of Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Wannon River near this spot in 1836.

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:Portland - Casterton Road, Casterton, 3311
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.590414
Long: 141.427199
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:11-August-1836
Actual Event End Date:11-August-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:1929
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1930
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell, explorer, crossed the Wannon south of this cairn, August 11th, 1836.

Erected by Glenelg Shire ratepayers 1930

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