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Thomas Mitchell Cairn
Thomas Mitchell Cairn

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Cairn commemorates the arrival of Sir Thomas Mitchell who was the first European in the area.

Mitchell`s fourth expedition was into central Queensland with a party of 29 men, 2 of them Aboriginal guides and 23 of them convicts. They took bullock drays and carts, and two iron boats that could be bolted together when needed . They took enough supplies to last a year, including 250 sheep. They found and named Victoria River before returning to Sydney a year later. This expedition led to the opening up of rich pastoral land in Central Queensland.

Location

Address:Capricorn Highway, Belyando River east of town, Alpha, 4724
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.660833
Long: 146.923889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1987
Front Inscription

Major Sir Thomas Mitchell and party passed this spot on 23rd July 1846, while exploring the Belyando River being the first Europeans to visit this area. Erected 1987

Source: MA
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