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23-February-2016
23-February-2016

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A cairn commemorates Angus McMillan, the explorer of Gippsland.  He died at this spot.

Angus McMillan (14 August 1810 – 18 May 1865) was an explorer and pioneer pastoralist in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Arriving in Australia in 1838, he rose swiftly in colonial society. In retribution for the murder of a fellow pastoralist and for the killing of livestock, he led many of the Gippsland massacres of 1840-1850, which killed or drove away the region's indigenous population.

In need of money, in 1864 McMillan acceded to a request from the Victorian Government to lead a team of men into Gippsland's alpine region with the aim of mapping and clearing tracks to support local mining operations. Within six months McMillan and his men had constructed more than 220 miles (350 km) of track through rugged terrain near Omeo and Dargo. It was to be McMillan's last expedition; in May 1865 he was clearing a track near Dargo when a pack-horse slipped and fell, crushing him beneath it. McMillan was carried to the public house in Iguana Creek, suffering serious internal injuries. He died on 18 May and was buried in the public cemetery in Sale.

Location

Address:Fernbank - Dargo Road, Iguana Creek, 3875
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.708889
Long: 147.291667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:18-May-1865
Actual Event End Date:18-May-1865
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque :

ANGUS McMILLAN
1810 - 1865

May 28, 1839 - First expedition left Currawong
Sept. 6, 1839 - Second party left Omeo
Jan. 11, 1840 - Left Numblamunjie (Ensay)
Jan, 15, 1840 - Reached mouth of Tambo River

Discovered and named 
Nicholson River (Jan, 16, 1840)
Mitchell River (Jan. 17, 1840)
Avon River (Jan. 19, 1840)
Macalister River (Jan. 21, 1840)
Feb. 13, 1841 - Reached sea at Port Albert
1859 - 60 - Member, Legislative Assembly
1864 - 65 - Leader, "Alpine Expedition." 

Plaque :

In Commemoration Of
ANGUS McMILLAN
   Discoverer of
     Gippsland

DIED HERE,
May 18, 1865.

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV, ADB
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