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08-December-2014 (Chris McLaughlin)
08-December-2014 (Chris McLaughlin)

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A monument commemorates the pioneers who settled the district.

At a community meeting in February 1999 it was suggested that a memorial honouring pioneers of Underbool district be established at the highway rest area. Initially plaques naming pioneers were to be displayed within a native tree plantation. Later it was proposed that a monument to district pioneers be erected featuring a large local rock.

Families were invited to donate the cost of a plaque which would identify the pioneer with brief details of arrival time, occupation/land selected. Response from descendants of pioneers was outstanding and it was obvious that a large structure would be necessary to accommodate all plaques.

Design Features

  • Railway segment leading to the rock signifies rail preceding opening of the district making settlement possible.
  • Circular 'wheel' around the rock remembers the importance of wagons for transport of early settlers, their supplies and produce.
  • Paved coloured segments in the wheel represent fallow land and golden crops.
  • Gypsum reminds of the importance of the salt industry for employment and income so many during drought/depression years of early times.
  • Shadow figures recall early images.

 

Location

Address:Cotter Street, Rest Area, Underbool, 3509
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.169712
Long: 141.81116
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:Karen Harris

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th October, 2002
Front Inscription

PIONEER
  AND
EARLY SETTLER
MEMORIAL

Officially Opened
19 October 2002

Plaque :

In Honour Of The Pioneers
Who, Through Vision, Courage
And Strength, Triumphed
Over Hardship
To Settle This District

Inscription in Proximity
Stock water cart
Used by Farnsworth Family
Allot. 32 Parish Manpy
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