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The cairn commemorates the incident and naming of Mount Dispersion.

In May 1836, Major Mitchell after being followed for several days by Aborigines, armed his men (against New South Wales Government orders) and organised an unprovoked ambush of them.  The massacre actually took place over the course of several days. 

He wrote in a letter to Governor Bourke "on the morning of 27 May there were following us closely along the river with tumultuous shouting, and our own safety and further progress evidently depended on our attacking them forthwith. But it was difficult to come at such enemies hovering in our rear with lynx-eyed vigilance of savages. I succeeded however.. Attacked simultaneously by both parties the whole betook themselves to the river, my men pursuing them and shooting as many as they could, Numbers were shot swimming across the Murray, and some ever after they had reached the opposite shore as they descended they bank. Thus is in a short time the usual silence of the desert prevailed on the banks of the Murray , and we pursued our journey unmolested.".  Mitchell named the spot Mount Dispersion.  Source Project Gutenberg: Thomas Mitchell

While he was acquitted by an enquiry, the incident tarnished his reputation for the rest of his career.


Address:Tapalin Mail Route Road, Midway between Mildura and Robinvale, Euston, 2737
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.586684
Long: 142.475376
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:27-May-1836
Actual Event End Date:27-May-1836


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:September-1963
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Mt Dispersion

Named by Major Mitchell on May 26th 1836 after an encounter with Aborigines at this spot

This spot was marked by the Mildura Historical Society

September 1963

Source: MA,RUMV
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