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Ludwig Leichhardt Memorial
Ludwig Leichhardt Memorial

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Monument commemorates the 175th anniversary of Ludwig Leichhardt who was the first European into the area.

Leichhardt not only passed through Taroom but actually carved his initials in the old coolibah tree which stands right in the middle of the main street. On this tree, on his dubious and ill-fated expedition from Jimbour to Port Essington, Leichhardt carved `L L 44` (Ludwig Leichhardt 1844). Leichhardt, when he did finally get back to Sydney in early 1846, declared the countryside around Taroom was magnificent and, within months, there was a grab for land.

Location

Address:Yaldwyn Street (Leichhardt Highway), Ludwig Leichhardt Park, Taroom, 4420
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.640813
Long: 149.797574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Monument Designer:Fred & Anne Gardiner
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd October, 1988
Front Inscription

           Erected By
The Taroom Historical Society
And The Taroom And Wandoan District
       Tourist Association
To Celebrate The Bi-Centenary
         Of Australia.
Unveiled 23rd October 1988
To Mark The 175th Anniversary
         Of Leichhardt.

Source: MA, ADB
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