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The obelisk and plaque commemorate the David Carnegie`s expedition of 1896. An additional plaque was added in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the expedition. 

David Carnegie was an explorer and gold prospector in Western Australia. In 1896 he led an expedition from Coolgardie through the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts to Halls Creek, and then back again. David Carnegie invested his profits from two earlier gold mines and proposed a major expedition to travel almost 1600kms from Coolgardie to Halls Creek. Much of the area through which he intended to travel was unexplored and unmapped at the time and Carnegie hoped to find good pastoral or gold-bearing land, and to make a name for himself as an explorer.

Carnegie`s party consisted of five men and nine camels. Some of his travelling companions were the prospectors Charles Stansmore, Godfrey Massie, bushman Joe Breaden and Breaden`s Aboriginal companion Warri. They left Coolgardie on 9th July 1896 . Nearing the end of their epic journey, tragedy struck the party and on the 2nd November 1896, Charles Stansmore died. He slipped while crossing a ridge, ended up dropping his gun and was shot as the gun hit the ground. Stansmore was buried by his companions and David and the remaining members of the party reached Halls Creek four days later - a journey of 149 days and 2,274 kms.


Address:Duncan Road, Old Halls Creek, Halls Creek, 6770
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -18.248374
Long: 127.782636
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1896
Approx. Event End Date:1996


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th July, 1982
Front Inscription

Plaque :

David Wynford Carnegie
And His Party Reached Hall`s
Creek On December 4th, 1896
After A Courageous Crossing
From Coolgardie, Of The Gibson
And Great Sandy Deserts

Erected July 25th 1982 By 
Shire Of Hall`s Creek 
Hall`s Creek Historical Society
And Members Of The 1982 Carnegie Expedition 

Plaque :

The Carnegie Expedition Centenary

To Commemorate The Epic Journey
From Coolgardie To Halls Creek
David Carnegie And His Party.
The Carnegie Expedition
Retraced The Route
Across The Gibson And Great Sandy Deserts
         In 1996.

Members Of The Centenary Expedition
C. Gilbert, D. Hawke, W. Peasley, C. Steele, D. Stewart And Nine Camels And One Dog.

Source: MA, ADB
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