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A headstone over the grave commemorates Victoria`s first mailman, John Conway Bourke (1815-1902). In 1836 Joseph Hawdon joined John Gardiner and John Hepburn in overlanding cattle to Port Phillip. The enterprise was successful and the three men remained in Victoria.

Hawdon took up land near Dandenong and also secured a contract at £1200 a year to carry the overland mail fortnightly to Yass, at which point his post-boy passed it to the mailman from Sydney who transferred the south-bound mail to him. This was a pioneer service; hitherto the mail had gone by sea. Hawdon`s first post-boy was John Conway Bourke; in 1838 he rode 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometres).


Address:College Crescent , Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Manufacturer:Historical Society of Victoria
Source: VMR,MA
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