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Eyre + Wylie Sesquicentenary
Eyre + Wylie Sesquicentenary

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A monument commemorates the explorer Edward John Eyre and his companion Wylie who passed through the area on their way from Fowlers Bay to Albany.

Land exploration of the Esperance region can properly said to have begun in 1841. At the time Edward John Eyre and his aboriginal companion Wylie were involved in a 'do or die' struggle to cross the Nullarbor, desperately hoping to reach the safety of the King George`s Sound settlement. Suffering from starvation and exposure, Eyre and Wylie nearly came to grief at Lucky Bay. The pair were miraculously rescued by Captain Rossiter, the English master of a French whaling ship named the "Mississippi."

Location

Address:Eleven Mile Beach Road, Pink Lake, Esperance, 6450
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.844167
Long: 121.846944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Actual Event STart Date:18-June-1841
Actual Event End Date:18-June-1841

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1991
Front Inscription

Edward John Eyre And His Companion Wylie

On 18th June 1841

Passed This Way During The 1500 km Journey From Fowlers Bay To Albany.

Erected by the Shire of Esperance for the Sesquicentenary Celebration 1841 - 1991

The Royal West Australian Historical Society (Inc.)

Source: MA
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