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Hume & Hovell : 16-May-2013
Hume & Hovell : 16-May-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The cairn commemorates Hume and Hovell's expedition of 1824. 

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.

At the centenary of Hume and Hovell exploration in 1924 a committee was formed to co-ordinate and organise local celebrations along the route from Albury to Corio Bay. An itinerary was created for the unveiling ceremonies giving the hour and date for each place concerned from 15 to 21 November 1924.

Monuments, cairns or plaques commemorating this expedition were erected at Allan`s Flat, Avenel,  Back Creek, Barjarg, Bellbridge, Bethanga, Broadford, Bulla, Deer Park, Ebden, Euroa, Everton, Hansonville, Hume Reservoir, Kilmore, Lara, Lima South, Meadow Creek, Merton, Molyullah, Mount Bland, Mount Buffalo, Mount Disappointment, Moyhu, Murmungee, Myrtleford, Samaria, Samaria West, Seymour, Staghorn Flat, St Albans, Stanley, Strath Creek, Swanpool, Tatong (Dodd`s Crossing), The Horn, Violet Town, Warrenbayne West, Werribee, Whorouly, Yarck and Yea.

The location of the plaques erected at Samaria West and Lima South are unknown.  It is believed that the plaque at Hansonville has come from another location as the date on the plaque does not match the date that the expedition was there.

Thursday was a red-letter day in the history of Avenel, the event being the unveiling of the Hume-Hovell memorial. The ceremony was billed to take place at 3.30 o`clock, but it was nearly 5 o'clock before the visiting party, Mr. Gates and Sir J. Barrett, gave addresses on the history of the Hume-Hovell expedition. Mr. J. D. Hambrook, head teacher of Avenel State school, who was the prime mover in the erection of the obelisk, also delivered a speech. The president of the Seymour shire presided. The memorial is built on an imposing eminence on the banks of Hughes Creek, on the main Melbourne-Sydney road, beside the grave of an old pioneer.
Age (Melbourne), 22 November 1924.


Address:Livingstone Street, Stewart Park, Avenel, 3664
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.905725
Long: 145.235031
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 20th November, 1924
Front Inscription

Hume & Hovell

- 1824 -

And early pioneers

Erected 1924

Source: MA,MED,VMR
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