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A plaque unveiled by the Mayor of Stawell in 1915 commemorates Robert Henderson Croll, author and public servant who was born in Stawell. 

Croll began contributing in the early 1890s to Bohemia, then to the Sydney Bulletin, the Melbourne Argus and Herald and many other journals. His The Open Road in Victoria (1928) and Along the Track (1930) were selections from his journalism. He possibly did more than anyone else in his time to encourage bushwalking. For some years he was associate editor of the Emu.

Croll was educated at Stawell State School and in September 1886, after passing the clerical examination for the Public Service, was appointed to the Public Library of Victoria. He remained there for five years until he transferred to the Education Department where he was to remain for forty years.


Address:Main Street , Stawell Town Hall, Reception Area, Stawell, 3380
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.056863
Long: 142.779045
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Wallace Anderson


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 15th April, 1949
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Robert Henderson Croll

Born Stawell 1869
Died Melbourne 1947

One of Stawell's Noted Sons

Plaque :

Robert Henderson Croll
1869 - 1947

This plaque was placed here by the Melbourne Walking Club to mark its appreciation of the service given to the Club over a period of fifty years by an eminent member.

It marks the centenary of his admission to the Club, which took place on November 3rd, 1897.  He became a Committee Member on the same evening.  He served the Club as an active walker, Committee Member, Vice-President, Writer and Historian.

A public servant since 1885, he retired as Registrar of the Council of Public Education in 1934. 

A native of Stawell, he brought distinction to the City and to the District.

This plaque was unveiled by His Worship the Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council - Cr Don Gardiner, on Friday, 31st October, 1997.



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