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Monument commemorates prospector, bushman, and author Frederick Blakeley (1882-1962).

Blakeley was born at Gilberton (New South Wales) and moved to Broken Hill at an early age, and then on to White Cliffs to mine for opals. He spent all of his life roaming the outback prospecting.

In 1908 he cycled the 3500 kilometres from White Cliffs to Darwin, and wrote of his epic journey in Hard Liberty.  In 1930 he led the expedition that set off to find Lasseters Reef; a futile search that became the topic of another book Dream of Millions; in this book Blakeley casts doubt on the truth of Lasseter’s claim to have found a super-reef of gold.

Blakeley also wrote articles for several newspapers, and was widely regarded as an expert on Australia’s inland, and its aboriginal inhabitants. His book Hard Liberty is still regarded as a classic portrayal of life in the outback during the early part of the 20th Century.


Address:Haasts Bluff Community Road, Haasts Bluff Indigenous Community, Haasts Bluff , 0872
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.44639
Long: 131.886821
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…
Source: MA , ADB
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