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Jack Cotterill Monument Kings Canyon
Jack Cotterill Monument Kings Canyon

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Glen Yeomans

Memorial in Kings Canyon carpark to Kings Canyon tourist operator. The accomodation rooms at Kings Canyon resort were dedicated to Jack Cotterill on October 7th, 1999.

Jack Cotterill, wife Elsie, and sons John and Jim, migrated from Britain to Australia in the early 1950s, settled in Alice Springs and became pioneers of Central Australia`s tourist industry. Perhaps their greatest feat was opening Kings Canyon to tourism in the early 1960s. These were the industry`s infant days, when few tourists ventured so far and vehicles barely survived the heavily corrugated dirt tracks leading to Red Centre attractions. In 1960, the Cotterill family first saw Kings Canyon, realised its tourism potential, and in 1961 opened Wallara Ranch, some 100km. away, and now, unfortunately, closed. It provided accommodation and operated tours to the canyon by 4 wheel drive. The Cotterills used an old Dodge Weapons-carrier and a drag to cut their own road 60 kilometres towards the canyon from Wallara merely four decades ago.


Address:Larapinta Drive, Kings Canyon Car Park, Watarrka National Park, Watarrka, 0872
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.252244
Long: 131.573756
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:July 1982
Front Inscription

In Memory Of
Whose Foresight And Effort
Made It Possible For Us All
To Visit This Wonderful Place.

Erected By 
Jack Miller & Trev Packer
July 1982

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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