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Hume & Hovell : 20-October-2011
Hume & Hovell : 20-October-2011

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The cairn commemorates Hume and Hovell who camped in proximity to the monument in their journey of exploration in 1824. The cairn was unveiled in 1924, the centenary year of their exploration.

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.

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

The location of the plaques erected at Lima South is 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.

HUME AND HOVELL CENTENARY. Arrangements in connection with the Hume and Hovell celebrations on Thursday next are well advanced,and given fine weather the occasion should prove a memorable one. A special train will run from Yarrawonga to Lima. The train is timed to reach Benalla at 9.5 a.m. and depart at 9.25, arriving at Lima at 10.10 a.m., and leaving on the return journey about 5 p.m, Tickets at the following cheap rates will be available at the local schools: — Adults 2/1, 16 years and under 23, 1/7; under 16, 11d. The following memorials will he unveiled in the Benalla district:— Moyhu.— Cairn. Hansonville. — Tablet. Molyullah— Cairn. Dodd's Crossing (Tatong).— Cairn. Samaria. — Cairn. Swanpool.— Cairn. Samaria West: — Tablet. Lima South.— Tablet. Barjarg.— Cairn. Warrenbayne West. — Tablet. Violettown. — Cairn. The tablets at Samaria West and Lima South have been constructed by the boys of the Benalla Sloyd Centre.
Benalla Standard (Vic.), 14 November 1924.

The Hume and Hovell obelisk erected at Barjarg was unveiled on Saturday by Cr. W. Parsons, president of Mausfield shire. Cr. J. Llewellyn, Rev. J. H. Halford, Rev. G. Brammall, Messrs. G. D. Howe and Carrick also spoke. A picnic and sports were also held and there was a large attendance.
Age (Melbourne), 2 December 1924.



Address:Midland Highway, near Harpers Road, Barjarg, 3723
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.926994
Long: 146.001317
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:29-November-1824
Actual Event End Date:29-November-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th November, 1924
Front Inscription


Hume and Hovell camped near this spot

29 / 11 / 1824

Erected 29 / 11 / 1924.

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