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Mount Gambier Pioneer Memorial
Mount Gambier Pioneer Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

A memorial commemorates the pioneers of Mount Gambier.

The peak of the extinct Mount Gambier crater was sighted in 1800 by Lieutenant James Grant from the survey brig, HMS Lady Nelson, and named for Lord James Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.

The Henty brothers who owned large holdings in Portland, Western Victoria, laid claim to the land but were forced to retreat when the lands were granted to Evelyn Sturt, the brother of the explorer Charles Sturt. Industries soon began to appear. The Post Office opened on 22 September 1846, John Byng built the Mount Gambier Hotel in 1847, and Dr Edward Wehl arrived in 1849 to begin a flour-milling operation  Hastings Cunningham founded "Gambierton" in 1854 by subdividing a block of 77 acres (31 ha). From 1861 to 1878 the Post Office was known by this name before reverting to Mount Gambier.

Local government appeared in 1863 when Dr Wehl, who now owned a substantial millhouse on Commercial Road, was elected chairman of the District Council of Mount Gambier. In December 1864 this became the District Council of Mount Gambier West and, at the same time, a separate District Council of Mount Gambier East was formed.

Incorporation in 1876 saw a further division, with the creation of the Town Council and Mr. John Watson elected Mayor.


Address:John Watson Drive & Riddoch Highway, Mount Gambier, 5290
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.842666
Long: 140.7774
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 16th October, 1967
Front Inscription

Pioneer Memorial

Left Side Inscription

In honour of the pioneers of Mount Gambier and surrounding districts

Right Side Inscription

What mean ye by these stones Joshua 4: 6,7 and 19 - 24
This monument was unveiled by H. L. Billing Esq.
President of the Adelaide - Mount Gambier Club
October 16th 1967

Source: MA
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