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A cairn at the summit of Tom`s Gap (Cap) indicating that Angus McMillan was first able to see the port he had been seeking from this spot. There is an error in the date inscribed on the monument as it should be 1841 not 1840. 

Angus McMillan (14 August 1810 - 18 May 1865),was an explorer and pioneer pastoralist in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The Victorian Federal electorate McMillan is named for him. McMillan completed several expeditions, and while he was not necessarily the first to visit many locations, his explorations were the most important in terms of European settlement of Gippsland proper. In 1841, on the final of his early expeditions he located a suitable port for the region, at present day Port Albert.

At the unveiling of the Bulla memorial for Hume and Hovell,Charles Daley the Secretary of the Victorian Historical Society suggested that the idea be extended to other explorers and a committee was formed to mark out the routes of Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell, Angus McMillan, and Count Paul de Strzelecki.

Eighteen cairns or tablets to McMillan were erected at Benambra (to Macfarlane, Pendergast, McKillop) Omeo, Swifts` Creek, Ensay, Bruthen, Mossiface, Sarsfield, Lucknow, Calula (2), Bushy Park, Stratford, Bundalaguah, Sale, Rosedale, Tom`s Gap (Cap), Yarram, Port Albert

Note : As at 21-July-2015, the plaque is no longer attached to the monument.


Address:Tom`s Cap Road, Toms`s Cap, Willung South , 3844
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.322742
Long: 146.796189
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:19-January-1841
Actual Event End Date:19-January-1841


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 7th April, 1927
Front Inscription

From this spot on the 19th January 1840, Angus McMillan sighted the port he had been seeking and the fertile lands of South Gippsland. 

Source: MED,RUMV
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