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The plaque commemorates the 140th anniversary of Captain George Grey`s exploration of the Kalbarri area in 1839. 

In 1839 Lieutenant George Grey was shipwrecked near the mouth of the Murchison River whilst on an exploration expedition, resulting in a 645 kilometre walk to the Swan River Settlement. He reported favourably on the mining and pastoral potential of the area he named the Victoria District.

Grey's Spring, sometimes called Grey's Well, is a historic site in Kalbarri, Western Australia. It is a stone-lined well built by George Grey during his explorations of the area in 1848. It now has a grid cover installed for safety reasons. 


Address:Walker Street, Grey`s Well Site, Lions Park , Kalbarri, 6536
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.712862
Long: 114.166793
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:31-March-1839
Actual Event End Date:31-March-1979


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 1st April, 1979
Front Inscription

      Captain GEORGE GREY 
Of The 83rd Regiment, British Army And Party
Explored And Charted The Estuary
When Shipwrecked Here 31st March 1839.

      This Spring Is Believed To Be
     The Watering Point For His Party
    Prior To A Forced March Southwards.
Frederic Smith Died Before The Party Reached Perth.

Unveiled By Cr. E. E. TEAKLE
           On April 1st 1979,
Being The 140th Anniversary Of 
Grey`s Exploration Of The Kalbarri Area.


Right Side Inscription
Source: MA
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