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A tablet marks the spot near where Mitchell camped on his surveying journey 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).
 

On Friday, December 12, at 5 p.m, Sir James Barrett and several members of the Historical Society of Victoria will visit Harrow, when Sir James will unveil the cairn which has been erected on the Glenelg River to mark the route taken by Major Mitchell in 1836. The president of Kowree Shire (Cr. P.B. Lavery) will extend a welcome to the visitors on behalf of the ratepayers of Kowree Shire, and the children of all district schools will form a guard of honor.
The Horsham Times (Vic), 5 December 1930. 


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 theexplorer 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:Blair Street & Coleraine -Edenhope Road, Harrow, 3317
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.162096
Long: 141.594205
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:31-July-1836
Actual Event End Date:31-July-1836

Dedication

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

MAJOR MITCHELL
Camped Near Here
31st July 1836

Source: MA,MED,VMR
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