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A cairn commemorates explorer Captain Collet Barker in the approximate location of his landing. The cairn is made from stones taken from Moana Beach.
Collet Barker (1784 – 1831) was a British military officer and explorer. He explored areas of South Australia,Western Australia and Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory. He examined the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent from Cape Jervis northward, climbed Mount Lofty, found Adelaide's future port and named the near-by Sturt River. From Yankalilla Bay he went overland with a party to Encounter Bay where alone he swam the Murray mouth and was speared to death by Aboriginals on 30 April 1831.
The Bluestone Cairn is to be unveiled at Port Noarlunga on Monday in memory of Captain Collet Barker, who, it is believed, landed at the mouth of the Onkaparinga River about 100 years ago. It is 12 ft. high, and has a prominent position on the foreshore.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 26 January 1933.
|Address:||Esplanade, Witton Bluff, Port Noarlunga, 5167|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.147885|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||17-April-1831|
|Actual Event End Date:||17-April-1831|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 30th January, 1933|
Hereabouts April 15 1831
Captain Collet Barker
Landed from ship "Isabella" proceeded inland and lost his life April 30 1831.
Erected January 30 1933
Plate presented by "Gang Camp"