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Thomas Mitchell : 11-June-2011
Thomas Mitchell : 11-June-2011

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The cairn commemorates Major Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Wannon River near this spot in 1836.

At the unveiling of the Bulla memorial for Hume and Hovell, Charles Daley the Secretary of the Victorian Historical Society suggested that the idea be extended to other explorers and a committee was formed to mark out the routes of Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell, Angus McMillan, and Count Paul de Strzelecki.

Thirty-five cairns or tablets to Mitchell were erected at Nyah West, Swan Hill, Cohuna, Mount Pyramid, Fernihurst, Wedderburn, Kanya, Stawell, Mount William, Horsham, Mount Arapiles, Miga Lake, Harrow, Coleraine, Casterton, Dartmoor, Isle of Bags, Portland, Mount Rouse, Mount Napier, Hamilton, Lake Repose, Dunkeld, Middle Creek, Mount Greenock, Mitchellstown, Nagambie, Castlemaine, Expedition Pass, Kyneton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Gooramadda and a public park at Natimuk (Major Mitchell Park, Mount Arapiles, Natimuk).

CASTERTON, Sunday. — The crossing of the River Wannon near Casterton by the explorer Major Mitchell on August 11, 1836, while on the way from New South Wales to Portland, was celebrated yesterday afternoon by a public meeting, at which there were several residents of 60 years and more. The function was arranged by Councillor John Little, president of the shire of Glenelg, to mark the 80th anniversary and fix the spot temporarily until the time comes when a permanent monument shall be erected. On a growing tree on the bank have been carved the words "Major Mitchell crossed here, August 11, 1836." 
Argus (Melbourne, Vic), 14 August 1916.

CASTERTON.— The memorial cairn to mark the crossing of the Wannon River by Major Mitchell has now been completed. The cairn, which is a most imposing structure, built of Casterton red granite, is to be unveiled at an early date.
Age (Melbourne), 1 September 1930.


Address:Portland - Casterton Road, Casterton, 3311
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.590414
Long: 141.427199
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:11-August-1836
Actual Event End Date:11-August-1836


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1930
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell explorer crossed the Wannon south of this cairn  

August 11th, 1836.

Erected by Glenelg Shire ratepayers 1930.

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