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A plaque commemorates the first recorded sighting by Europeans of the lyrebird and koala in the vicinity of Bargo on the 26th January 1798. 

The plaque is mounted on one of three rough hewn boulders and also commemorates the bicentenary of the ceremony held on Possession Island by Captan Cook on the 22nd August 1770. The flanking boulders each carry depictions of a lyrebird and koala. 

The first European sighting of the koala and lyrebird are said to have occurred in the area in 1798. John Price, a servant of Governor Hunter, recorded the two in his diary while a member of an exploratory party investigating the land south-west of Parramatta. The trek`s objective was to accumulate data about the southlands to discourage convicts from escaping south in the belief that China was only 150 miles away. Price described the lyrebird as a pheasant, hence the name of the nearby village of Pheasants Nest, and he noted that the koala was known as Cullawine by the local Aborigines.


Address:Railside Avenue (Remembrance Drive), Park near Railway Station, Bargo, 2574
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.290376
Long: 150.579663
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:26-January-1798
Actual Event End Date:26-January-1798


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 22nd August, 1970
Source: H, MA
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