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Thomas Mitchell : 29-November-2012
Thomas Mitchell : 29-November-2012

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An obelisk commemorates the site of Major Mitchell's camp in 1836. The cairn was unveiled during the centenary celebrations. 

At the unveiling of the Bulla memorial for Hume and Hovell, Charles Daley the Secretary of the Victorian Historical Society suggested that the idea be extended to other explorers and a committee was formed to mark out the routes of Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell, Angus McMillan, and Count Paul de Strzelecki.

Thirty-six cairns or tablets to Mitchell were erected at Nyah West, Swan Hill, Cohuna, Mount Pyramid, Fernihurst, Wedderburn, Kanya, Stawell, Mount William, Horsham, Mount Arapiles, Miga Lake, Harrow, Coleraine, Casterton, Dartmoor, Isle of Bags, Portland, Mount Rouse, Mount Napier, Hamilton, Lake Repose, Dunkeld, Middle Creek, Mount Greenock, Skipton, Mitchellstown, Nagambie, Castlemaine, Expedition Pass, Kyneton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Gooramadda and a public park at Natimuk (Major Mitchell Park, Mount Arapiles, Natimuk)

In order that the Centenary of Dartmoor may be fittingly observed, the residents have arranged appropriate celebrations. An obelisk has been erected near the site of Major Mitchell's camp of August 17th, 1836, and arrangements have been made for Sir James Barrett to perform the unveiling ceremony on December 19th, at 2 p.m.
Portland Guardian (Vic.), 21 September 1936.  

 

Location

Address:Gambier Road, Fort O`Hare Campground, Dartmoor, 3304
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.926319
Long: 141.285214
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:12-August-1836
Actual Event End Date:12-August-1836

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th December, 1936
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell
- Explorer -

Camped at junction of Glenelg and Crawford Rivers, opposite this obelisk
12th August 1836

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