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A plaque and lookout commemorate Naturalist and Explorer, John Gilbert, who was speared by aborigines at the Mitchell River near Dunbar, Cape York Peninsula.
In September 1844 he joined Leichhardt`s expedition providing his own equipment, in the interests of natural history. The only competent bushman in the party, Gilbert soon became recognized as second-in-command. On 28 June 1845 near the Gulf of Carpentaria, Gilbert was killed by a flying spear when natives made a night attack on the expedition`s camp because some of their women had been molested by the two Aboriginals with the party. He was buried on the spot, a tree near by was marked, and a fire was lit over the disturbed earth in order to screen the grave.
|Address:||Kelman Street, Gilbert`s Lookout, Taroom, 4420|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -25.645507|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||28-June-1845|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1845|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 26th September, 2004|
Naturalist with Leichhardt's
1844 -1846 Expedition
Dedicated by Dr Clemency Fisher
National Museums Liverpool, UK
September 26, 2004.