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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.
|Address:||Capricorn Highway, Belyando River east of town, Alpha, 4724|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -23.660833|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1987|
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