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Thomas Mitchell : 25-August-2011
Thomas Mitchell : 25-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque erected in 1915 by school children of the district commemorates Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who explored and named Mount Napier in 1836. 

On his third expedition in 1836, Mitchell explored the rich farming country of western Victoria, which he named "Australia Felix", or "Happy Australia". Prior to reaching this district, Mitchell found significant grazing land south of the Murray River. South of the Murray he discovered the Avoca and Glenelg Rivers. He then went on to explore  the Campaspe and Wimmera Rivers and reached the coast near Cape Northumberland. 

 

Location

Address:Mount Napier State Park, Mount Napier, 3301
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.892808
Long: 142.058281
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:12-August-1836
Actual Event End Date:28-August-1936

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 12th August, 1915
Front Inscription

In memory of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell.

Explorer of Australia Felix who discovered and named Mount Napier in August 12th and 28th 1836.

Erected in his honour by school children of the District. Discovery Day 1915

Source: MA,MED
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