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10-December-2014
10-December-2014

Photographs supplied by Russell Byers

A cairn commemorates the 150th anniversary of the discovery and naming of the Darling Downs by Allan Cunningham in 1827. 

Allan Cunningham (1791 – 1839) was an English botanist and explorer, primarily known for his travels in Australia to collect plants.

Cunningham's longest, and perhaps most important, journey lasted from 20 January to late August 1827: from the Hunter valley he travelled northward crossing the Peel and Dumaresq Rivers and discovered the Darling Downs before returning to the Hunter valley and Bathurst. While exploring the Darling Downs he found a gap in the ranges, now called Spicers Gap, which he thought would give access from Moreton Bay to the downs, whose fine grazing country he regarded as his major discovery.

In July and August 1828 he returned to Moreton Bay by sea and explored the country southward to the Logan River and Macpherson Ranges and found another gap, now known as Cunningham's Gap, and in May 1829 explored the upper part of the Brisbane River valley.

Location

Address:Cunningham Highway & Clintonvale School Raod, William Lysaght Memorial Park, Clintonvale, 4370
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.094777
Long: 152.130232
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Approx. Event Start Date:1827
Approx. Event End Date:1977

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th May, 1977
Front Inscription

(On Direction Finder)
     This Cairn Was 
Erected To Commemorate 
The 150th Anniversary Of The 
Discovery And Naming Of
The Darling Downs By
Allan Cunningham On 
     10th June, 1827.

 

Back Inscription
WILLIAM LYSAGHT MEMORIAL PARK
THIS MEMORIAL PARK AND CAIRN WAS 
MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF
 MISS N.LYSAGHT AND MR.D.JOLLY.

 
Source: MA, ADB
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