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Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell

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A cairn explains how the town was named by Sir Thomas Mitchell on St George`s Day when he crossed the river.

Mitchell`s fourth expedition into the interior in 1845-46 opened up major routes through the rich eastern pastures of the south-west, leading to the establishment of centres including Roma, Surat, Charleville, Mitchell and St George.

Location

Address:Balonne Highway, Jack Taylor Weir, Balonne River, St George, 4487
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.044444
Long: 148.568056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:23-April-1846
Actual Event End Date:23-April-1846

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 24th October, 1988
Front Inscription

At This Spot On ST. GEORGE`S DAY April, 23rd 1846

SIR THOMAS MITCHELL Crossed The Balonne And Established A Camp, Calling The Crossing ST. GEORGE`S BRIDGE. 

This was the origin of the town of ST.GEORGE. 

(Plaque) 

THE SITE FOR THE THOMAS MITCHELL MEMORIAL COMMEMORATING HIS CROSSING OF THE BALONNE RIVER ON ST GEORGES DAY, 23RD APRIL, 1846, WAS DEDICATED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR OF QUEENSLAND SIR WALTER CAMPBELL Q.C., ON 24TH OCTOBER 1988, ON THIS OUR BICENTENNIAL YEAR.
CR.R.E.BUCHAN Chairman Balonne Shire Bicentennial Committee
CR.B.J.HAMMOND Chairman Balonne Shire Council

Source: MA
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