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Lieutenant John Murray : 28-September-2011
Lieutenant John Murray : 28-September-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A cairn commemorates the naming of Port King (Port Phillip) by Lieutenant John Murray and the hoisting the new Union Jack flag in Australia for the first time. European visitation of the bay dates back to 1802 when Lieutenant Murray spent over three weeks exploring its features.


Address:Point King Road, Point King, Portsea, 3944
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.324761
Long: 144.738961
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:09-March-1802
Actual Event End Date:09-March-1802


Front Inscription

On this spot on 9th March 1802, Acting Lieutenant John Murray commanding H.M.S. Lady Nelson took possession of Port King later named Port Phillip, in the name of his sacred Majesty Geroge II of Great Britain and Ireland, and hoisted the Union Jack.

This was the first time the Union Jack was used for this purpose in Australia

Back Inscription

The people of the Kulin lived in the Port Phillip area for thousands of years

Acting Lieutenant John Murray from HMS Lady Nelson raised the Union flag here on 8 March 1802.

This plaque was unveiled on 8 March 2002 by the Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, Lady Southey, A.M. to commemorate the bicentenary of the event

Source: MA,VMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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