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The tombstone erected over the grave commemorates John Simpson who drowned in 1861. 

John Simpson was a pioneer settler and postmaster at Corinella, Western Port. In 1861, Simpson and his stockmen were driving a herd of about 90 cows through Mr Black`s station, and in crossing the Tarwin River, Simpson was drowned.

Caught in a strong current about halfway across, he attempted to turn the horse, but both disappeared. He briefly resurfaced, but sank once more and was not seen again. Because he was known as a strong swimmer, it was felt that he must have suffered an injury. The monument on the grave was moved around 1930 to allow for road widening, and there is pressure again to have the monument repositioned


Address:Outside 79 River Drive, Tarwin Lower, 3956
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.702117
Long: 145.871745
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA
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