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The obelisk commemorates the 150th anniversary of the exploration and naming of the Hawkesbury River by Governor Phillip in 1789.

On June 6 1789 Captain Arthur Phillip led an expedition to Broken Bay, sending supply boats up the coast. He and his party, including Hunter from Sirius, Collins, Johnston, White and marines trekked overland. They camped at Pittwater, proceeded to investigate Brisbane Waters and then found the main stream and proceeded as far as Dangar Island. Phillip named the waterway the Hawkesbury after the President of the Council of Trade and Plantations in the Pitt Ministry.

An obelisk to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery and naming of the Hawkesbury River by Governor Phillip in 1789 is being erected at Brooklyn by the Manly-Warringah-Pittwater Historical Society. The memorial will be unveiled on Saturday afternoon, June 17, by the Commissioner for Railways, Mr. Hartigan. After the ceremony, visitors will be taken on an excursion along the river.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 29 April 1939.


Address:Dangar Road, Opposite Railway Station, Brooklyn, 2083
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.547067
Long: 151.22682
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1789
Approx. Event End Date:1789
Monument Manufacturer:Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 17th June, 1939
Front Inscription

This Obelisk
The Discovery
And Naming
   Of The 
Hawkesbury River
Governor Phillip

Plaque :

Unveiled By 
T. J. Hartigan C.M.G. 
For Railways N.S.W.
17th June 1939.

Left Side Inscription

By The 
Manly, Warringah,
And Pittwater 
Historical Society

Capt. M.J. Lowe. J.P. President.
P.W. Gledhill, J.P., F.S.A.G. Hon. Sec.  

Source: H, MA
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