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Monument at the campsite where Sir Thomas Mitchell camped in 1846 on his fourth expedition to map an overland route from Sydney to Port Essington (Darwin).

To reach the campsite turn left 35 kilometres north of Mitchell along the Forest Vale Road. The monument is approximately 2.5 kilometres off the Forest Vale Road. The Major Mitchell campsite has shelter and barbeque facilities.

In 1846 Major Sir Thomas Mitchell was the first European to see the Maranoa River. On his fourth major expedition of exploration he established a major camp site, the second depot of that expedition, on the Maranoa River. The site, now known as Mitchell Water Reserve, is some 40 km north of Mitchell. Major Mitchell arrived there with an advance party on 18 May 1846, and the main party under Edmund Kennedy arrived on 1 June 1846. Mitchell left Kennedy in charge of the camp and departed northwards on 4 July 1846. He reached the Belyando River, then turned south-west and named the Victoria River in the mistaken idea that it ran to the north. Later Kennedy found the Victoria River was the Barcoo River. Mitchell arrived back at this camp on October 14 and on October 17 all departed to the south.


Address:Forestvale Road, 37.5 kilometres north-west of Mitchell, Mitchell, 4465
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.000808
Long: 147.999974
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1846
Approx. Event End Date:1846


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Front Inscription
Arrived On The Maranoa On The 17th May 1846.
Selecting This Site On The Following Day 
As The Second Depot Or Camp XXIX Lat 26 °12° 47 °
Edmund B. Kennedy Was Left In Charge 
During Mitchell`s Explorations Further North 
From 4th June, 1846 to 19th October, 1846.

Erected By The Rotary Club Of Mitchell
During Booringa Shire Centenary Year 1979
Source: MA
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