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Stuart Memorial
Stuart Memorial

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Cairn commemorates the centenary of the discovery in 1860 of the centre of Australia by explorer John McDouall Stuart.

Explorer John McDouall Stuart successfully crossed Australia opening the way for the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. On April 23, 1860 Stuart located the geographical centre of Australia, near a mountain he named Central Mount Sturt after Charles Sturt, who he had joined on his failed expedition of 1844 to find the centre. Later it became known as Central Mount Stuart.

Location

Address:Stuart Highway, Central Mount Stuart Historical Reserve, 20km N, Ti Tree, 0872
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.960518
Long: 133.497012
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Actual Event STart Date:23-April-1860
Actual Event End Date:23-April-1960

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 23rd April, 1960
Front Inscription

JOHN MCDOUALL STUART and WILLIAM KEKWICK
Ascended and named MOUNT STURT on the 23rd April 1860.
             Later the name was changed to 
  CENTRAL MOUNT STUART in honour of the explorer.
      Stuart's other companion on this expedition was
 Benjamin Head.   This plaque was unveiled by
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JOHN McEWEN M.P.
Minister of State for Trade and Acting Prime Minister
    of the Commonwealth of Australia on April 23rd
                            1960

 

 

Source: MA
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