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13-July-2020
13-July-2020

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The building commemorates the 150th anniversary of Ludwig Leichhardt`s Second Expedition on the Comet River in March 1847. The building holds a replica of the Leichhardt`s Dig Tree

Location

Address:Comet Watershed Road, Leichhardt Dig Tree Rest Area, Comet, 4702
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.606177
Long: 148.544719
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Approx. Event Start Date:March-1847

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque :

THIS BUILDING HAS BEEN ERECTED
IN COMMEMORATION OF 
The 150th Anniversary Of
Ludwig Leichhardt`s Second Expedition On The Comet River
    In March 1847
Where He Marked A Coolibah Tree
At The Junction Of The Comet And Nogoa Rivers
           Thus
            DIG
              ↓
This inscription was noted in A. C. Gregory's journal of 17th November 1856.

Leichhardt`s Party Was Held Up On The Southern Side Of The Junction Of The Comet And Nogoa Rivers And Prevented From Crossing By A Flood In The Comet River.  It Was Three Weeks Before The River Level Dropped Enough To Allow The Members Of The Party, Who Were Suffering From Fever And Exposure, To Cross With The Livestock And Continue Their Journey. It Was At The Time (25th March 1847) That Leichhardt Marked The Tree And Buried A Powder Canister Containing Dispatches Indicating His Future Plans.  By 21st June, The Expedition Was Still Only In The Vicinity Of The Peak Ranges.  Owing To Continued Sickness, Difficulties In Droving The Stock And Loss Of Morale Of The Men, Leichhardt Reluctantly Called Off The Expedition And Returned To The Darling Downs.
So Ended Leichhardt`s Second Expedition.

The Members of the Expedition were :

Ludwig Leichhardt   Leader.   John F. Mann   Surveyor.   James Perry  Saddler.    Daniel Bunce  Botanist.  Henry Boecking  Cook. Henry M. Turnbull  Stockman.    Hovenden Heley  Squatter.  Harry Brown  Aborigine From Leichhardt`s First Expedition.  Wommai  Aborigine From Port Stephens.

 

 

 

Source: MA
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