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A monument commemorates explorer John McDouall Stuart.

The South Australian government was keen to open a route from Adelaide to the north coast and offered a reward of $4,000 to the first person to achieve it. In 1860, Stuart, accompanied by William Kekwick and Ben Head, set out on their first attempt. The party reached Attack Creek, north of Tennant Creek, before being forced back through lack of supplies and hostile aboriginals on June 27th 1860.

Stuart, with Kekwick and 10 others, set out again on New Year`s Day 1861, and reached Newcastle Waters, but was again forced to return, this time because of the dense bushland. They left Adelaide again in December, 1861 and seven months later, on July 24th 1862, finally reached the north coast at a place which they named Chambers Bay, after a sponsor of their expeditions.


Address:Stuart Terrace, Old Hospital grounds, Alice Springs, 0870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.703917
Long: 133.879106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

— With his party —
Passed hereabouts And ascended and named CENTRAL Mt STURT ( STUART)

During his heroic And successful operations While crossing the continent
1860 - 1862

Source: MA
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