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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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