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A cairn commemorates Major Mitchell who explored and crossed the Loddon River at this point on his voyage of exploration in 1836. The cairn is on the banks of the Loddon River north of Hurstwood School Road bridge west of Jarklin.

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:Loddon River, Jarklin, 3517
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.269527
Long: 143.900132
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:03-July-1836
Actual Event End Date:03-July-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 3rd July, 1936
Front Inscription

Major T. L. Mitchell, Explorer, discovered this river and crossed here 3rd July 1836

Erected by the East Loddon and Korong Shires

3rd July 1936

Source: VMR, RHSV
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