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The cairn commemorates Governor Phillip`s first overland journey from Manly towards Pittwater. The location of the cairn was named Governor Phillip Lookout in 1934. 

In August 1788 Phillip accompanied by an exploration party travelled overland from Manly Cove to Pittwater and back.

To commemorate Governor Phillip's first overland journey from Manly towards Pittwater in 1788, a cairn, erected by the Manly, Warringah, and Pittwater Historical Society, was unveiled by the Minister for Works (Mr. Buttenshaw) on Saturday afternoon. Nothing was lacking to make the ceremony as impressive as possible. Several hundred people assembled on Beacon Hill, 487 feet above sea level.

The proceedings were opened with a short address of welcome by the President of Warringah Shire (Councillor Corkery), after which the Surveyor-General of New South Wales (Mr. H. B. Mathews) read a copy of the scroll which is placed within the cairn. This stated that the cairn was erected on the site of the original beacon established by the Department of Lands in December, 1881, and was observed by Surveyor J. Brooke, in August, 1883. The road leading from Brookvale was surveyed by Surveyor W. L. King in May, 1887.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW),  4 November 1929.

Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society has arranged for the official naming of the summit of Beacon Hill, near Brookvale, (where the society erected the cairn), as "Governor Phillip Lookout" on Saturday afternoon next, at 3 o clock The event will also commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the first overland journey of Governor Phillip from Manly towards Pittwater on April 15, 1788. 
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 14 April 1931.


Address:Warringah & Willandra Roads, Governor Phillip Lookout, Beacon Hill, 2100
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.753889
Long: 151.264167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:15-April-1788
Actual Event End Date:15-April-1788


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 2nd November, 1929
Front Inscription

        Near By In 1788 
       Governor Phillip
   Commenced His First
Overland Exploration From 
Manly Towards Pittwater.
In 1822, The First Road To Sydney
Via Pittwater & Gordon, Had Its
Origin In This Locality.

          Erected By
The Manly Historical Society

        Unveiled By 
His Worship The Mayor
 Ald. A. Hanson-Norman
 3rd August 1940.

P. W. Gledhill Esq., J.P. F.S.A.C. 

Source: H, MA, ADB
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