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Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Shire of Lowan erected this memorial to celebrate its 100th anniversary and it consists of seven tiered circles of brick on which is surmounted a mallee fowl "mound" cut open on one side to reveal six eggs.

Two mallee fowls, their necks touching stand on top of the mound. Mallee fowl are one of the most fertile birds in the world, laying up to 35 eggs with most of them hatching. Once so common across Australia, they were a regular roast on the dinner plates of early European settlers. But now much of their habitat has been cleared, with estimates that their populations are only 20% of original numbers.

The Shire of Lowan was a local government area in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 2,861 square kilometres (1,104.6 sq mi), and existed from 1875 until 1995.


Address:Nelson Street, Municipal Offices, Nhill, 3418
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.332686
Long: 141.651122
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:31-December-1875
Actual Event End Date:31-December-1975
Designer:Stanley Hammond O.B.E.


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1975
Front Inscription

          This Monument
Commemorates The Centenary
              Of The
        Shire Of Lowan
       Proclaimed A Shire
   31st December, 1875.


Back Inscription

The Lowan
Or Mallee Fowl
Builds A Mound
Of Sand And Debris
In Which Its Eggs
Are Incubated.
This Cutaway Shows The Position
Of The Eggs In The Mound.

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