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West Coast Road
West Coast Road

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The Monument commemorates the opening of the West Coast road between Hobart and Queenstown in 1932.

The people of Queenstown, and of the West Coast generally intend to make tomorrow a red-letter day in their calendar. After many years of comparative isolation from the two chief centres of the state, a highway has been built connecting Hobart with Queenstown, and tomorrow the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir Herbert Nicholls) will perform the opening ceremony. This is to take place near the King River bridge, where the new road joins the one previously built from Queenstown.  A feature of the ceremony tomorrow will be the unveiling of a memorial obelisk erected at the end of the new construction. This has attached to it a large copper plaque, about eight feet square, presented by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, and it will provide a striking permanent memorial of an event of rich historical interest.
Examiner (Launceston) 18th November 1932



Address:Lyell Highway, Opposite Iron Blow Road turnoff, Gormanston, 7466
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.076196
Long: 145.588426
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th November, 1932
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au