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26-November-2014
26-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

An obelisk commemorates Murtoa district pioneers.

The first European in the area was Major Mitchell on his excursion to `Australia Felix` in 1836. Squatters established the `Ashens` and `Longerenong` runs in 1844. The latter property was acquired, in 1862, by politician, philanthropist and pastoralist Sir Samuel Wilson who was elected to the British House of Commons in 1886. Wilson owned all of the land around Lake Marma by 1871.

That year a station hand at `Longerenong` pegged out the first freehold block on the eastern side of the lake. As was the case throughout western Victoria, closer settlement began with German wheat-farmers from Mount Gambier investigating the land across the border and taking up selections. Thus a party of Germans arrived at the lake in 1871. Finding the soil fertile they pegged out claims, finished up their business at Mount Gambier and returned to Marma Gully in 1872.

Location

Address:Marma & Cromie Streets, Murtoa, 3390
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.620088
Long: 142.469574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1972
Front Inscription

Dedicated to the memory of Murtoa and District pioneers

Source: MA,VMR
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