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The Major Mitchell Centenary Cairn was unveiled at the entrance to Silvester Oval on the 7th August 1936 to celebrate 100 years since Major Mitchell passed through the Wannon Shire. A number of trees were planted to celebrate the event.

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:Winter Street, Silvester Oval, Coleraine, 3315
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.595875
Long: 141.691399
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:August-1836
Approx. Event End Date:August-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 7th August, 1936
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell Centenary. Major Mitchell passed through this district August 1836. Erected by the public of the Shire of Wannon 7th August 1936

Source: MA,MED,VMR
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