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The stone monument marks the point where Stuart and his party passed through the region on the 12th July 1862 and reached the coast at Point Stuart on 24th July. On the return journey the expedition passed this location on 31st July 1862.

The plaque near the monument, commemorates the 150th anniversary of explorer John McDouall Stuart`s expedition in 1861-62 , which was the first crossing of the continent from south to north.



Address:Oodnadatta Track, Marree, 5733
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.740829
Long: 138.124405
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1861
Approx. Event End Date:1862


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2012
Front Inscription

This plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of 
the first crossing of Australia from Adelaide to Van Diemen Gulf by
The South Australia Great Northern Exploring Expedition 
             under the command of 
 in 1861 - 62, utilising this route.

                 [ Map of Route ]

       Principally as a result of Stuart`s expeditions :
the geographical nature of the Centre was revealed ; South Australia annexed the Northern Territory; the Overland Telegraph Line linking Adelaide to the world, via Darwin, was constructed along this route and the original Ghan railway line to Alice Springs, subsequently followed a similar route.

Erected by the Litchfield family of Mundowdna & Wilpoorinna Stations 
and the John McDouall Stuart Society - 2012

Source: MA
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