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A monument commemorates politician King O`Malley .
King O'Malley was born either in the USA or Canada and as a young man was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In 1888, having been given six months to live, he sailed for Queensland, Australia purportedly with his own lead coffin. O'Malley apparently took up residence in a cave at Emu Park where he befriended an aboriginal, Coowonga, who cared for him until he recovered. O`Malley offered him money for his services which he refused.
After walking to Rockhampton with him Coowonga disappeared into the bush and O`Malley never saw him again. Now healthy, O'Malley decided to walk the 2,100 km from Emu Park to Adelaide in South Australia, arriving in 1893. O`Malley went on to become the founder of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and to conceive the building of the Transcontinental Railway. He was Minister for Home Affairs from 1910 to 1913 and 1915 to 1916, King O’Malley died on December 20th, 1953, at the age of 99 years and 6 months.
|Address:||Hill Street, Emu Park, 4710|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -23.257383|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Sub-Theme:||Government - Federal|