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A cairn commemorates the site of Major Mitchell`s camp in 1836. The cairn was unveiled in 1936, the centenary year of his explorations. 

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).

Miss G. J. Skurrie, head teacher of the Kanya State School, has brought under the notice of the Stawell Shire Council a proposal to erect a cairn at Kanya on the spot where Major Mitchell camped in 1836. The council has decided to undertake the erection of the cairn, and to ask the Kara Kara Shire to co-operate. Miss Skurrie is to be asked to supervise the erection.
Horsham Times (Vic), 6 March 1936.


A memorial cairn is to be unveiled at Kanya on Saturday. 18th inst., on the spot where Major Mitchell camped in 1836. From there Major Mitchell made his visit to the Grampians.
The Age (Melbourne), 7 July 1936. 

 

Location

Address:Bolangum Inn & Kanya Roads, Kanya, 3381
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.782331
Long: 142.998923
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Link: http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 18th July, 1936
Source: MED, VHD, MA
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Exploration
Exploration
Settlement
Settlement
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