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The cairn commemorates the 150th anniversary of the traversing of the Holbrook Shire by Hume and Hovell. Originally set beside the highway 4 kilometres south of Holbrook, it was relocated to Woomargama following roadworks in 1985.

The explorers Hume and Hovell were the first known Europeans in the area. They travelled through in 1824 when looking for new grazing country in the south of the colony of New South Wales.

In 1824, Hamilton Hume and William Hovell led an expedition of discovery to find new grazing land for the colony. They and their party trekked south from Appin to Lake George, then on into Victoria, keeping west of the Great Dividing Range and ending up at Corio Bay, on the Victorian coast, where present day Geelong is situated. Hovell mistakenly believed they had arrived at Westernport, and did not realise his mistake until after his return.



Address:Woomargama Way & Murray Street, Woomargama Park & Rest Area, Woomargama, 2644
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.832935
Long: 147.247119
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:10-November-1824
Actual Event End Date:12-November-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th November, 1974
Front Inscription

This Cairn Was Erected
To Commemorate The 
150th Anniversary Of
The Traversing Of The 
Holbrook Shire, By The
Explorers Hume And 
Hovell, 10th November
To 12th November, 1824
    Unveiled By
   Mr. Stuart Hume
10th November, 1974


Source: MA,H
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