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Eyre set out to explore the interior of South Australia, with two separate expeditions north to the Flinders Ranges and west to beyond Ceduna. Eyre, together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie, was the first European to traverse the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor Plain by land in 1840-1841, on an almost 2000 mile trip to Albany, Western Australia.
Jubilee celebrations at Crystal Brook will begin with a ball on Friday, September 25. On the next day a procession of floats will pass through the township to the showgrounds, upon which a sports day is to be conducted. A cairn is to be erected by the district council to commemorate the first attempt of Edward John Eyre early in May, 1839, to penetrate the far interior when he discovered and passed through the district and named Rocky River and Crystal Brook, from which the township derived its name. The cairn will be erected on the banks of the creek and will be unveiled on Jubilee Day.
Advertiser (Adelaide), 16 August 1951.
|Address:||Eyre Road, Heysen Park, Crystal Brook, 5523|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.348107|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||May-1839|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 29th September, 1951|
EDWARD JOHN EYRE (1815 - 1901)
On His First Attempt To Penetrate
The Far Interior From The South
Discovered And Passed Through This District
Early In May 1839
And Named The Rocky River And The
Erected in the Commonwealth Jubilee Year.
Unveiled 29th September 1951.