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A plaque at site of former telegraph station where John McDouall Stuart confirmed the success of his successful south-north Expedition.

John McDouall Stuart officially set out on the 25th October 1861 from “Montefiore House”, the residence of James and Catherine Chambers in North Adelaide, on his sixth expedition. This was his third, and ultimately successful attempt to cross Australia. Nine months after leaving Adelaide, the British Flag (Union Jack) was raised on the northern shore at Chambers Bay, east of present day Darwin. The men and horses were weary from the nine months travelling, camping out in the open and surviving on severely limited rations and poor water.

Stuart’s journal for the return contains a vivid record of his sufferings. The Expedition completed the first European crossing of Australia, from Adelaide to Van Diemen Gulf, passing through the Centre of the Continent, and returning along the same route without loss of life. Stuart telegraphed the news of his triumph from Kooringa (Burra) and reached Adelaide on 17 December 1862. 


Address:Market Street, Burra Regional Art Gallery , Burra, 5417
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.680365
Long: 138.937403
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:16-December-1862
Actual Event End Date:16-December-1862


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th December, 1995
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The John McDouall Stuart Society Inc. placed this plaque on 16th December, 1995, the Burra Jubilee 150 Year

It commemorates the hisoric achievement by Stuart and his nine companions of the Great Northern Exploration Expedition 1861-2 from Adelaide to Australia`s northern shores and return, without loss of life

Stuart sent the following telegram from this Post and Telegraph Office :

Kooringa Station
December 16th 1862

John McDouall Stuart 
Commander of the South Australian Great Northern Exploration Expedition 

To Hon. Commissioner of Crown Lands

Through you I beg to inform His Excellency the Governor-in-Chief and the Government that I have accomplished the object of expedition.  Party  behind all well.  I will be in by the evening train tomorrow.


Source: MA,SKP
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