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The plaque commemorates the bicentenary of the expedition of surveyor and explorer, George Evans (1780-1852) to the Oberon area. Evans named the Fish River in 1813. 

Placement of the plaque is an initiative of the Oberon Council Heritage Committee and records the significance of Evans’ journey as the first entry of European explorers into the lands of the Wiradjuri people.

On December 1 1813, Evans named Evans Crown after himself.  As he travelled along the Fish River on December 6 1813, remarking on the countryside, he noted in his diary, ‘I came upon a fine plain of rich land, the handsomest country I ever saw… I have named it O’Connell Plains’ after the Lieut. Governor’. On December 7 1813, Evans proceeded over the O’Connell Plains following the water which he named the Fish River. Four miles on Evans ‘was brought up by a stream nearly as large from the south’ and on the December 8 1813 he named this stream Campbells River after the maiden name of Mrs Macquarie, wife of the Governor. 


Address:O`Connell Road, Hassall Park, O`Connell, 2795
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.526328
Long: 149.723452
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:07-December-1813
Actual Event End Date:07-December-2013


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th December, 2013
Source: MA
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