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1876 Landing Party
1876 Landing Party

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The anchor was salvaged from local waters for the Cairns Centenary as a memorial to the early mariners. The anchor is located near the site of the first landing of the official founding party of the Port of Cairns on 6 October 1876. 

In October 1876 the Porpoise arrived in Trinity Bay with a postmaster and customs officers aboard. The government was not slow in responding to the establishment of a new settlement. The public servants cut out an area for themselves near where The Esplanade now stands. At the time the whole area was covered with dense scrub. On 1 November Trinity Bay was declared a port of entry and clearance. It was renamed after the then Governor of Queensland, Sir William Cairns.


Address:The Esplanade, Fogarty Park, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.921111
Long: 145.779444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:06-October-1876
Actual Event End Date:06-October-1876


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1976
Front Inscription

     On this spot 
the Official Founding Party 
        of the
  Port of Cairns 
6th October 1876

Source: MA
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