Major Thomas Mitchell ExpeditionPrint Page Print this page

Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

In July 1836, Major Thomas Mitchell with six of his men passed through the western part of what is now the City of Stawell, when he deviated from the line of his journey to the coast in order to ascend the highest peak in a noble range of mountains. He named them after the Scottish Grampians, and the highest peak, on which he spent an uncomfortable night, in sub-zero temperatures, Mount William in honour of the English King.

His glowing report of the fertile plains of Western Victoria was responsible for the occupation by squatters of Australia Felix seeking new grazing land. 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, Mtount Arapiles, Natimuk).


Address:Griffith Street, Stawell, 3380
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.06
Long: 142.772778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:13-July-1836
Actual Event End Date:13-July-1836


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1936
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell passed this spot July 13th 1836

Erected 1936

Source: MA,MED,VMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design