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A cairn commemorates Stuarts crossing from Adelaide to the north coast.

The South Australian government was keen to open a route from Adelaide to the north coast and offered a reward of $4,000 to the first person to achieve it. In 1860, Stuart, accompanied by William Kekwick and Ben Head, set out on their first attempt. The party reached Attack Creek, north of Tennant Creek, before being forced back through lack of supplies and hostile aboriginals on June 27th 1860. Stuart, with Kekwick and 10 others, set out again on New Year`s Day 1861, and reached Newcastle Waters, but was again forced to return, this time because of the dense bushland.

They left Adelaide again in December, 1861 and seven months later, on July 24th 1862, finally reached the north coast at a place which they named Chambers Bay, after a sponsor of their expeditions. Stuart suffered from the gruelling effort required on these journeys and returned to Scotland shortly after.


Address:Point Stuart Road, Point Stuart, 0822
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.23
Long: 131.901389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Source: MA
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