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A cairn commemorates the explorers Count Paul Edmund de Strzelecki and Angus McMillan who passed through the area in 1840. They crossed the Thomson River near present Heyfield in separate explorations of the Gippsland area. 

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.

Seven cairns or tablets to Strzelecki were erected at Heyfield, Loy Yang, Koornala, North Mirboo, Leongatha, Korumburra, Corinella.

HEYFIELD, Wednesday. — The memorial cairn erected to the memory of McMillan and Strezleckie (sic) was unveiled this afternoon by Lord Somers, in the presence of one of the largest gatherings ever seen in Heyfield. Cr. Fitzpatrick presided, and welcomed the Governor and members of the historical memorials committee. Lord Somers expressed pleasure at seeing so large an attendance, which demonstrated the pride in their connection with the old country and in the valuable work done by the explorers of Gippsland.

Mr. Hansford said this was the first memorial erected to Strezleckie (sic), and described his travels, the abandonment of his horses, and his final arrival at Westernport on foot, practically without food. Afternoon tea was provided in the mechanics' institute, and the Governor personally thanked each lady member on the refreshment committee, after which the party, left for Rosedale. During the afternoon Lord Somers renewed acquaintance with an old colleague, Mr. W. Crowe, of Glenmaggie. 
Age (Melbourne), 7 April 1927.


Address:MacFarlane & Davis Streets (Traralgon-Maffra Road C105), Heyfield, 3858
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.984344
Long: 146.783044
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 6th April, 1927
Front Inscription

Count Strzelecki Passed Near Here
           April 1840.

Angus McMillan Passed 7 Miles From Here
       Erected 1927.


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