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The plaque commemorates the William Landsborough Burke Relief Expedition which searched for explorers Burke and Wills in 1862. 

Landsborough led the Queensland Government`s search party for Burke. He sailed aboard the SS Firefly, leaving Brisbane for the Gulf on the 24 August 1861. By 15 November 1861, Landsborough was ready to leave the Gulf, his instructions being to head to Central Mount Sturt. The party proceeded south and while they didn’t find any trace of the Burke and Wills party they continued all the way to Melbourne arriving in August 1862. This was the first European expedition to traverse mainland Australia from northern to southern coast.  In 1881, the Queensland Parliament awarded Landsborough £2000 for his achievements as an explorer.


Address:Stansfield Street, Hughenden, 4821
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.845269
Long: 144.205648
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape


Front Inscription

This Plaque Commemorates "The William Landsborough 
Burke Relief Expedition" Which Searched For Burke
& Wills South  From The Gulf Of Carpenteria.

As Landsborough Rode Up The Flinders River From The
West Of The Town, He Named Bramton Range, Sloanes Creek,
And Walkers Creek. He Sighted A Table Mountain To
The South Of Hughenden And Named It Mt Walker.

Landsborough Named Both Walkers Creek And Mt 
Walker In Honour Of "His Brother" Explorer Frederick 
Walker And He Blazed The Tree Previously Blazed
By Walker.

Source: MA
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