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Plaque erected by a vote of the Parliament of NSW at the grave of Richard Cunningham, younger brother of explorer Allan Cunningham, who in 1835 accompanied Major Mitchell on his second expedition and was believed to be murdered by aborigines.

Richard Cunningham was appointed Colonial Botanist (New South Wales) and Superintendent of Botanic Gardens, Sydney (1833-1835) on the recommendation of Robert Brown, Cunningham sent numerous live plants back to Ireland and England. He is believed to have become lost near the Bogan River where he met his fate at the hands of aborigines around the 25th April 1835. 

Note: This gravesite is on private property. 


Address:Burdenda Road, Burdenda Property 21k from Tottenham, Tottenham, 2823
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.126052
Long: 147.421189
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription
Government Botanist
Of this Colony.
Attached to an exploring expedition under the command of Major, Mitchell, Surveyor-General, wandered in his enthusiasm for botanical investigation from his companions, and losing himself in this locality of the Bogan River, fell into the hands of the aboriginals, by whom he was unfortunately killed about 25th of April, 1835, in the 42nd year of his age.
"This tablet is erected to his memory by a vote of the Parliament of New South Wales, through the C.C.C. Lands, by S. R. Daniel, C.C.L., Wellington District."
Source: H, ADB
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