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Pioneers Memorial : 18-August-2011
Pioneers Memorial : 18-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A monument commemorates the centenary and pioneers of Bairnsdale. It is a low concrete wall with a standard lamp, inset with three tablets headed 1843-1943.

The first plaque is inscribed in memory of Archibald Macleod, Bairnsdale`s first citizen in 1843, died 1861. The second plaque recalls Agnes Mein, the first white child born at Bairnsdale 26 October 1845, and the third plaque recalls the first wedding at Bairnsdale, of Thomas Jackson and Rosanna Kelly.

BAIRNSDALE, Tues: To mark the centenary of Bairnsdale, memorial tablets were unveiled in the Main st gardens today, bearing the names of Archibald MacLeod, first settler in 1843, and Agnes Mein, first white child born in Bairnsdale on October 26, 1845; and Thomas Jackson and Rosanna Kelly, the first couple married in Bairnsdale on April 28, 1845. Among those present were granddaughters of the late Archibald MacLeod, Miss C. MacLeod (Toorak), and Mrs. Williamson (Western Australia), and Mr William Pulteney Mein, son of the late Agnes Mein.
Argus (Melbourne), 27 October 1943. 

Location

Address:Princes Highway , median Strip near Wood Street, Bairnsdale, 3875
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.825371
Long: 147.634153
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date:1843
Approx. Event End Date:1943

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 26th October, 1943
Front Inscription

1843 - 1943

In Memory Of
ARCHIBALD MACLEOD 
Bairnsdale`s First Citizen
1843 - 1861

In Memory Of
AGNES MEIN
Daughter Of
William & Elizabeth Mein
First Colonists Child Born At Bairnsdale
October 26 1845

First Wedding In Bairnsdale.  
In Memory Of
THOMAS JACKSON
And
ROSANNA KELLY
Married By Rev. E.C. Pryce B.A.
Of Cooma, N.S.W. April 28 1845.  
Witnesses Alexander Arbuckle M.D. Bairnsdale,
Ronald McDonald of Lucknow

Source: MA,RHSV,VMR
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