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Hume & Hovell : 31-January-2013
Hume & Hovell : 31-January-2013

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The cairn commemorates explorers Hume and Hovell who camped near the site in December 1824. Itwas 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.

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, 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.

Several Hume and Hovell memorials will be unveiled on Saturday (not today). The time-table, as given by the secretary of the Town Planning Association (Mr W.F.Gates) is: - Broadford, 10.30 a.m.; Kilmore, 1.30 p.m.; Beveridge (Mount Bland), 3.30 p.m.; Bulla, 4.30 p.m.  His Excellency the Governor (the Earl of Stradbroke) will be entertained at luncheon at Kilmore at half past 12 o'clock before the unveiling ceremony.  At Bulla the earlier part of the day will be devoted to a picnic, in which five schools-Broadmeadows, Greenvale, Tullamarine. Keilor, and Bulla-will take part.
Argus (Melbourne), 11 December 1924.


Address:Oaklands Road, Bulla, 3428
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.636371
Long: 144.83463
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:14-December-1824
Actual Event End Date:20-December-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 13th December, 1924
Front Inscription

Dec 1924.

Erected by the residents of the District

In memory of the explorers, Hume and Hovell, who camped near this site on the 14th and 20th of December 1824


Source: MA,MED,VMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au