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A monument commemorates explorer Edmund Kennedy.
In 1848 the Assistant-Surveyor of New South Wales, Edmund Kennedy, led an expedition to explore Cape York Peninsula. Arriving at Rockingham Bay (north of Townsville) in May, Kennedy`s party, after much privation and toil, reached Weymouth Bay, where they established a depot. Kennedy, with four others, Costigan, Dunn, Luff, and an aboriginal, Jacky Jacky, left this depot in an endeavour to reach Cape York, where a relief ship was expected. Kennedy and Jacky Jacky continued north, after leaving the others at Shelburne Bay.
Only Jacky Jacky reached Cape York, for in a skirmish with blacks Kennedy was killed. Jacky Jacky guided the ship`s relief party to Shelburne Bay, but Costigan, Dunn, and Luff had perished. At the Weymouth Bay depot, only two survivors were found.
|Address:||Esplanade, Portland Roads, 4871|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.595897|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 13th November, 1948|
EDMUND BESLEY COURT KENNEDY J.P.
ON 13 NOVEMBER 1848 WHILE EXPLORING IN CAPE YORK PENINSULA LEFT CARRON, WALL, DOUGLAS, NIBLET, TAYLOR, CARPENTER, GODDARD AND MITCHELL NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE PASCOE RIVER AND SOUGHT SUCCOUR AT CAPE YORK. EN ROUTE HE WAS FATALLY SPEARED AND 3 MEN DIED. ABORIGINE JACKEY-JACKEY SOLE SURVIVOR OF ADVANCE PARTY REACHED WAITING SHIP "ARIEL" WHICH RESCUED SURVIVORS CARRON AND GODDARD AT WEYMOUTH BAY ON 30 DECEMBER.
UNVEILED 13 NOVEMBER 1948.