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Five trees were planted to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Matthew Flinders voyage of exploration in H.M.S. Norfolk in August 1799.

In 1799 Flinders' request to explore the coast north of Port Jackson was granted and once more the sloop Norfolk was assigned to him. Bass had by this stage returned to Britain and in his place Flinders recruited his brother Samuel Flinders and a Kuringgai man named Bungaree for the voyage.

In the northern part of Moreton Bay, Flinders explored a narrow waterway which he named the Pumice Stone River (presumably unaware it separated Bribie Island and the mainland); it is now called the Pumicestone Passage. Most of the meetings between the Aboriginal people of Moreton Bay and Flinders were of a friendly nature, but on 15 July at the southern tip of Bribie Island, a spear was thrown which resulted in a local man being wounded by gunfire. Flinders named the place where this occurred Point Skirmish. While anchored in Pumicestone, Flinders ventured several kilometres overland with three crew including Bungaree and climbed the mountain Beerburrum. They turned back after meeting the steep cliffs of Mount Tibrogargan on about 26 July.

Exiting Moreton Bay, Flinders continued north exploring as far as Hervey Bay before returning south. They arrived back in Sydney on 20 August 1799.



Address:Dayman Street, Dayman Park, Urangan, 4655
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.289237
Long: 152.907891
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:07-August-1799
Actual Event End Date:07-August-1999


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 9th August, 1999
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In Commemoration Of 
5 Of This Species Planted By
 Hervey Bay High School
Pialba Primary School
Torquay State School
Urangan High School
Urangan Point State School
    August 9th 1999

Source: MA, ADB
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