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Major Mitchell Plaque : 14-August-2014
Major Mitchell Plaque : 14-August-2014
Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown
The plaque commemorates the First Expedition of Major Thomas Mitchell who camped near the site between the 17th to the 28th December 1831. Major Mitchell was the first explorer in the Boggabri area.

In 1831 a runaway convict George Clarke, who had lived with aborigines in the area for several years, claimed that a large river called Kindur flowed north-west from the Liverpool ranges in New South Wales to the sea. Charles Sturt believed that the Murray-Darling system formed the main river system of New South Wales and Mitchell wanted to prove Sturt wrong. Mitchell formed an expedition consisting of himself, assistant surveyor George Boyle White and 15 convicts who were promised remission for good conduct. Mitchell took 20 bullocks, three heavy drays, three light carts and 9 horses for supplies and transport, and set out on 24 November 1831 to investigate the claim.

The expedition continued northward, climbed the Liverpool Range on 5 December, and made Quirindi on 8 December. . By 11 December the expedition had reached Wallamoul Station near Tamworth, the northern extent of white settlement at the time

Mitchell continued his northward push into new territory, taking local aboriginal guides of the Kamilaroi people to assist in finding water and to express his peaceful intentions. In early January 1832 he was in the vicinity of the present town of Narrabri, reached the Gwydir River in mid January and found the Barwon by the end of the month where he set up camp. Mitchell left the main party and made a reconnaissance down the Barwon until he found its junction with the Gwydir.


Address:Merton & Brent Streets, Vickery Park , Boggabri, 2832
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.705324
Long: 150.044206
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:17-December-1831
Actual Event End Date:28-December-1831
Source: MA, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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