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A road side monument of stone incorporating a metal wheel rim with inscription to the pioneers of Murrindal & Rodger River. There is a tribute to Buchan midwife Elizabeth Whelan who originally lived at the Pyramids in Murrindal. 

Perhaps Buchan’s most famous mid-wife was Mrs Whelan who originally lived at the the Pyramids at Murrindal. Although not fully trained before her marriage she worked in a city Hospital owned by her uncle who was a doctor.  She delivered many babies throughout the district and there were accounts of anxious husbands saddling horses in the middle of the night and making for her house. She would return with them, riding side saddle, and would sometimes be away for days, or weeks, attending the mother and baby until all was well. She was a mother of fourteen and often was heavily pregnant herself. Mrs Whelan settled in Buchan and had a room in her house where mothers could give birth and convalesce. As well as midwife, she administered medical care for accidents and illnesses when required.



Address:Bruthen-Buchan Road, Overlooking Murrindal Station, Murrindal, 3885
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.412222
Long: 148.213333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Front Inscription

In grateful tribute to the sacrificial service and nursing skill of Mrs. Elizabeth Whelan. In memory of the pioneers  (names)

Back Inscription

Murrindal founded 1860; Rodger River founded 1902. Erected by Ewen A. McRae and Murrindal residents

Source: RHSV, MA
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