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A cairn commemorates the first European exploration of western New South Wales by John Oxley, Evans and party.

The Mayor of Forbes (Alderman J. J. Patterson) journeyed to Condobolin on Wednesday last to represent this district at the unveiling of the monument to mark the discovery by Explorer Oxley on the 29th July, 1814, of some interesting aboriginal relics about 20 miles below Condobolin. Railway Superintendent Milne, of Orange, was mainly instrumental in having this memorial erected.
Forbes Times (NSW), 31 July 1914.


Address:Condobolin - Lake Cargelligo Road, Goobothery Hill, 1.5 kilometres east of Kiacatoo Road, Kiacatoo, 2877
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.069744
Long: 146.784799
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:29-July-1817
Actual Event End Date:29-July-1817


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 29th July, 1914
Front Inscription

This cairn was erected by order of the Honourable W. H. Holman Premier of this State to commemorate the first exploration of Western New South Wales

Explorers Oxley, Evans and party camped close to this site
: July 29th 1817 :

Also the discovery of the grave of a prehistoic Chief of the Calara Tribe of Aborigines on this spot.

According to tribal tradition, the Chief was drowned in an attempt to cross the Lachlan River whilst it was in high flood.  The carved posts bear exact facsimiles of the Aboriginal arborclyphs carved on two Cypress pine trees which grew where the posts now stand.

The Hon. T. Brown, M.L.A.  Lachlan Electorate
D. M. Menzies.                     President of Lachlan Shire
Thos. B. Watson.                 Mayor of Condoblin.

July 29th 1914.

Plaque :

This memorial was unveiled by the Honourable John Estell M.L.A. Minister for Labour and Industry
July 29th 1914

Plaque :

This spot was located by Railway Superintendent E. Milne  
S. J. Waite. J.P, -  O. L. May, H. F. May, - and T. Richards
- July 21st 1913

Source: MA, H
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