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24-September-2013
24-September-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A cairn commemorates the campsite of Major Mitchell's party who camped here in 1836. Mitchell left George Stapylton in charge while he travelled on to Sydney.

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. 36 cairns or tablets to Mitchell were erected.

The marking of Major Mitchell's journey through Australia Felix is now approaching completion. In Victoria eight memorials are already in place to mark the route of the explorer. Action is being taken to place additional memorials at Cohuna, Harrow, Coleraine, Casterton, Glenthompson, Lexton, Shirley, Buangor, Greenock, Nagambie, Violet Town, Stawell, and Benalla. When these memorials have been erected, the routes taken by all the major explorers of Australia will be marked.
Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), 19 October 1929.

Commemorating the achievements of the principal explorers in Victoria, 106 cairns and tablets have now been erected in various parts of the State under the auspices of the Historical Memorials Committee. Returning to Melbourne on Sunday afternoon after unveiling three cairns in western Victoria, the president of the committee (Sir James Barrett), the secretary (Mr. Charles Daley), and Mr. H. Hansford completed a tour of almost 600 miles in four days. The cairns unveiled were erected at Harrow, in the Shire of Wannon, and at Lake Repose, near Glenthompson, each marking salient points in the journey of Sir Thomas Mitchell. 
Argus (Melbourne), 15 December 1930.

Location

Address:Bundooran & Monument Lanes , Glenthompson, 3293
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.684458
Long: 142.483847
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:18-September-1836
Actual Event End Date:18-September-1836

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1930
Front Inscription

Major Thomas L. Mitchell,
          Explorer
Camped Here 18th Sept. 1836, Whence,
Leaving A Party In Mr G.C. Stapylton`s Charge, 
He Proceeded Onward To Sydney.

Source: MA, MED,VMR,RHSV
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