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26-October-2017
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A monument commemorates the bi-centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia.  

The Bicentenary marked the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip (1738–1814), commander of the First Fleet, established the foundations of a British colony at Sydney Cove on the 26 January 1788.

Location

Address:Paynes Crossing Road, Near Fire Station, Broke, 2330
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.750671
Long: 151.102947
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Actual Event STart Date:26-January-1788
Actual Event End Date:26-January-1988

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 26th January, 1988
Front Inscription

This cairn was erected by the residents of Broke to celebrate Australia`s Bicentenary.

Unveiled by Cr. Neil W. McNamara O.A.M.  President Singleton Shire Council on 26th January, 1988

This rests on sandstone from the original convict built Blaxland homestead.

An Australian Bicentennial Project to commemorate the nation`s Bicentenary in 1988

Back Inscription

Broke

The village of Broke is on the Great North Road.  The area was first discovered by John Blaxland in 1818 and later settled by him, George Blaxland and Robert Rodd on land granted to them in 1824.

Majore Thomas Mitchell, the Surveyor General, named Broke in honour of his friend Sir Charles Broke Vere of Suffolk, England.

In the late 1800`s the main stock route to Sydney via Windsor passed through Broke and the settlement supported a flour mill, several hotels, a public school, police station, two churches, a post office, brick kiln, butcher shop, bakery and blacksmith and was a welcome stopover for travellers and drovers.

Source: MA
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