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03-March-2018
03-March-2018

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The monument commemorates Henry William Beamish Talbot, who died in the town in 1957 after a lifetime studying the State's ancient landscape. It was erected at his unmarked grave by BHP Billiton and Readymix Australia.

Two of Talbot's expeditions included  a 426 day trip that established the Canning Stock Route in 1908 , and a survey trip in South Australia where he and a camp hand were speared by Aborigines. In 1933, aged 59, Talbot joined the newly formed Western Mining Corporation as its first senior project geologist. He worked for the company until 1953, having conducted extensive mapping and study of gold prospects in the goldfields region, revisiting by car those places he studied from the back of a camel decades earlier. He died four years later, aged 83.

Location

Address:Vasse Highway, Nannup Cemetery, Nannup, 6275
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.991667
Long: 115.762222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Science

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th November, 2007
Front Inscription

To the memory of H. W. B. Talbot
1874 - 1957

For his contribution to the geological mapping of Western Australia

"Few men have contributed more to out knowledge of the inaccessible and arid regions of the state"  
- Andrew Gibb-Maitland, WA Government Geologist, 1920

Proudly remembered by his grandchildren

Erected by the WA Division of the Geological Society of Australia with generous assistance of BHP-Billiton and Readymix Australia

16 November 2007

Source: MA
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