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The cairn commemorates the lost camp (Camp 84) of the Edmund Kennedy expedition.

On 29 April 1848 Edmund Kennedy and his men sailed out of Sydney Harbour in the barque Tam O' Shanter in company with the survey ship HMS Rattlesnake, for the journey to Rockingham Bay. 

On the 21st of May 1848 the sailing ship, Rattlesnake, landed at Tam O'Shanter Point on the Southern side of Mission Beach. On the 24th May 1848 explorer Edmund Kennedy and his party started their disastrous trek to Cape York. On 24 November 1948 the Kennedy expedition made camp LXXXIV (84) near Shelburne Bay. Three men were left here as they were unable to continue due to illness or injury and they were never seen or heard from again. All but three members of the 13 man party were killed and Edmund Kennedy himself was speared to death at the base of Cape York.


Address:Bamaga Road, Shelburne, Cape York, 4874
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -11.763595
Long: 142.678404
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 28th October, 1998
Front Inscription

              CAMP LXXXIV (84)
This cairn was erected by the Nixon family as
A Tribute to the Kennedy Expedition`s Lost Camp.
On 24th November 1848 the Kennedy expedition made camp 
LXXXIV on the Richardson Range at Shelburn.
Tragically the three men who were left there were never to
 be seen or heard from again.  Those men were : 
                         William COSTIGAN 
                         James LUFF
                         Dennis DUNN
Thanks to Jackey Jackey for this information.
                                               Graham Elmes  
                                               Cook Shire Council  
                                               28 October 1998

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