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The plaque commemorates the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders expedition in the sloop H.M.S. Norfolk in 1799. 

Matthew Flinders came ashore in July 1799 to replenish water supplies and repair his sloop H.M.S. Norfolk.  He named it Shoal Bay which eventually became Yamba, 11 years after Port Phillip was established. He took sightings from Pilot Hill, but it was not until the 1830's that it was realised that the Clarence River's entrance was nearby.



Address:Pilot Street, base of Yamba Lighthouse, Yamba, 2464
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.432457
Long: 153.364071
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:12-July-1799
Actual Event End Date:12-July-1999


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 12th July, 1999
Front Inscription
On 12th July 1799 Lt. Matthew Flinders, RN landed from his sloop ‘Norfolk’ and took noon sights in this vicinity that gave the latitude of the entrance into the Bay as 29  26’ 28’’S. He named the area Shoal Bay.
In July 1999 Capt. Bern Cuthbertson re-enacted Flinders’ voyage from Sydney to Hervey Bay in a replica of the ‘Norfolk’.
This plaque was unveiled on 12th July 1999 by His Excellency The Honourable Gordon Samuels AC Governor of New South Wales, to commemorate the Bicentenary of Flinders’ voyage. 
Erected by Yamba Rotary Club for the Port of Yamba Historical Society Inc.
Source: MA
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