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06-February-2020 (John Huth)
06-February-2020 (John Huth)

Photographs supplied by Tom Bird / John Huth

The obelisk marks the spot where the John Oxley expedition passed through the area on the 3rd May 1817, and the Major Mitchell Expedition which passed through the area in 1836. 

John Oxley, Surveyor-General of New South Wales, set out in 1817 to discover the course of the Lachlan River. Following the river downstream past the present site of Forbes, he found that it flowed into marshland and, unable to proceed further, decided to strike out for the South Australian coast. Shortage of water forced his return to the Lachlan, which he rejoined below the marshes previously encountered, but only to meet more marshland further on. Oxley decided to turn back and, leaving the Lachlan, crossed the Bogan River and followed the upper waters of the Macquarie back to Bathurst.
 

Location

Address:Dowling Street, In front of BP Service Station, Forbes, 2871
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.381395
Long: 148.010439
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration

Dedication

Front Inscription

               Oxley
Passed Through The Site Of
             Forbes
 On 3rd May, 1817
And Camped At Salisbury.

 

Right Side Inscription
            Mitchell
Crossed The Site Of
 The Town Of Forbes
  Near This Point On
   26th March, 1836.
Source: MA,H
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