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Cairn commemorates the Western Australian explorer Sir Alexander Forrest who reached the Overland Telegraph Line near this point.
Sir Alexander Forrest set out with his brother Sir John Forrest and a well equipped party to search for remains of the missing explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in 1869. After much trouble with natives and two hundred miles west of the telegraph line they were out of water. Forrest volunteered to go and find supplies and after many days he came upon the telegraph line, which he followed forty miles to Daly Waters. Men were sent out with supplies and waters to bring in the sick men and they cared for them until they were able to continue the search for Leichhardt`s remains. Without an outpost at Daly Waters the expedition would have perished, for it was in the `dry season` and few people knew that this could last for eight or nine months.
|Address:||Stuart Highway, 30 metres inland off the Stuart Highway, approximately 40 kilometres south of Larrimah, Larrimah, 0852|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -15.858949|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 31st August, 1979|
REACHED THE OVERLAND TELEGRAPH LINE
NEAR THIS POINT ON THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 31st 1879,
AFTER HE AND HIS PARTY
HAD MADE AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM
DE GREY ON THE W.A. COAST.
THE ROYAL W.A. HISTORICAL SOCIETY
AUGUST 31st 1979.