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The plaque was erected as a tribute to Lieutenant John Stokes and the crew of the H. M. S. Beagle which surveyed the coastline in December 1841.

H.M.S Beagle on its third voyage reached the Swan River on 15 November 1837. Their survey started with the western coast between there and the Fitzroy River, Western Australia then surveyed both shores of the Bass Strait at the southeast corner of the continent. To aid Beagle in her surveying operations in Bass Strait, the Colonial cutter Vansittart, of Van Diemen's Land, was loaned by Sir John Franklin, Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, and placed under the command of Mr Charles Codrington Forsyth, the senior mate, assisted by Mr Pasco, another of her mates. In May 1839, they sailed north to survey the shores of the Arafura Sea opposite Timor. When Commander John Wickham fell ill and resigned, the command was taken over in March 1841 by Lieutenant John Lort Stokes who continued the survey. The third voyage was completed in 1843.




Address:Fishermens Drive, Leander Point, On Beacon Obelisk, Port Denison, 6525
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.277305
Long: 114.915362
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1841
Approx. Event End Date:December-1841


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Front Inscription

                            H. M. S. Beagle

         A Tribute To Lieutenant John Lort Stokes
    And Crew Of The Survey Ship H. M. S. Beagle

The Beagle A Cherokee Class Brig-Sloop Of Ten Guns
Launched 11, May 1820, Surveyed This Coastline In Dec 1841
The Ship`s Work Continued For 50 years For The Admiralty
       Until 13, May 1870 When She Was Sold.

Stokes Joined The Vessel In October 1825 As A Midshipman
And Commanded It Between 16, August 1841 And 4 July 1848.

From The Dongara - Pt Denison Chamber Of Commerce Western Australia Year 1979



Source: MA
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