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Charles Darwin Memorial Plaque : 24-03-2014
Charles Darwin Memorial Plaque : 24-03-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

The monument commemorates Charles Darwin`s visit to New South Wales in 1836 and his time in the Wallerawang area as well as his contribution to science. 

Lithgow sculptor Tim Johnman applied his talents to the finishing touches on the restoration of the Charles Darwin monument at Lake Wallace in 2008.  Tim created an extremely lifelike platypus and crayfish combination to add to the monument. He also replaced the brass plaque commemorating the historic visit to the Wallerawang area by Charles Darwin in 1836. The original plaque was stolen and its replacement and subsequent enhancement of the monument was commissioned by the district branch of the National Trust

Wallerawang became a major stopover for those headed between Sydney and the farming areas beyond Mudgee and for those travelling between Sydney and Bathurst. One of the latter was famous natural historian Charles Darwin who stayed overnight at `Wallerawang` farm in 1836 as a guest of Mr Brown. Charles Darwin stayed at "Wallerowang House" (later to become Barton Park) in 1836, and in the book "Voyage of the Beagle" he describes the area at the time and the wildlife that included a number of platypus.

Charles Robert Darwin FRS FRGS FLS FZS (1809 – 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended from common ancestors is now widely accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science.In a joint publication with Alfred Russell Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history. 




Address:Barton Avenue, Charles Darwin Park, Lake Wallace, Wallerawang, 2845
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.414103
Long: 150.070551
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:18-January-1836
Actual Event End Date:20-January-1836
Artist:Tim Johnman (restoration)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 5th September, 2006
Front Inscription

              Charles Darwin

The famous scientist Charles Darwin visited NSW
from 12 January to 30 January 1836 during his voyage in the
"Beagle." He was aged 26.

From 18 to 20 January Charles Darwin stayed at James
Walker`s homestead "Wallerawang" the site of which is
now submerged in the lake in front of this monument.

His biological studies in Wallerawang, including the
examination of a platypus, were among the most
important of his entire voyage and significant to the
development of his theory on the origin of species.

This monument commemorates Charles Darwin's visit
to NSW, his time in Wallerawang and his contribution
to science.

This plaque was unveiled by 
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir  AC CVO 
Governor of New South Wales 
on 5 September 2006

The monument was erected by the 
Lithgow Branch of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) 
with the support of the Lithgow City Council 
and Delta Electricity

John Wellings OAM President National Trust
Councillor Neville Castle Mayor Lithgow City Council
Stephen Saladine General Manager Delta Electricity


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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