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07-October-2013
07-October-2013

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A plaque commemorates the explorer Major Thomas Mitchell and his explorations in Australia Felix, and the climbing and naming of Mount Macedon. The plaque erected in his honour was unveiled in 1976 at the lookout. This lookout, named after Major Mitchell, looks out towards the west across the Wombat State Forest and to the southern part of Woodend.

Major Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor General of the Colony of New South Wales; was the first person to map and survey Mount Macedon, naming the Mountain after Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. He did this on September 30th, 1836.

 

 

Location

Address:Cameron Drive, Major Mitchell Lookout, Memorial Cross Reserve, Macedon Regional Park, Mount Macedon, 3441
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.388794
Long: 144.576511
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1976
Front Inscription

Major Thomas Mitchell

Surveyor General of the colony of New South Wales was the first European to ascend this mountain.

This he did on September 30th, 1836 during the course of an expedition of exploration inland from Sydney and through what is now the Western District of Victoria.

His object in coming to the top of this mountain was to get a sight of Port Phillip, which had already been explored & surveyed in order to check his position.

He named it Mount Macedon because of the association in his mind of the name Phillip with the name of Philip of Macedon the father of Alexander the Great.

Erected by the Mount Macedon Horticultural and Historical Societies. 1976

 

Source: MA,RUMV
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