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The monument commemorates explorer Major Thomas Mitchell. 

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).

The Major Mitchell memorial was unveiled at Expedition Pass on Wednesday in the presence of a large gathering of residents and the school children of Chewton, Sutton Grange, Elphinstone and Faraday. The Director of Education (Mr. Frank Tate), Mr. Donald McDonald, and Mr. E. R.Davey, M. A, and Mr E. Long. M.A, inspectors of schools, were also present.  The monument is a Harcourt granite obelisk, 6ft. square at the base and about 11ft. high, carrying a polished red granite tablet with the following inscription: "On 20th September, 1836. Major Mitchell, after passing through this ravine, named it Expedition Pass. Erected by public subscription, 22nd April, 1914," and has been erected on the side of the road at what is called the first turn of the reservoir, a very suitable and conspicuous place. It is fenced off from the reservoir, but open to the road.
Kyneton Guardian (Vic),  28 April 1914.



Address:Golden Point Road, Expedition Pass, Castlemaine Reservoir, Golden Point, 3451
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.052833
Long: 144.27535
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:20-September-1836
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Actual Event End Date:20-September-1836
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Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 22nd April, 1914
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Front Inscription

On 20th Sept 1836 Major Mitchell after passing through this ravine named it Expedition Pass

Erected by public subscription

22nd April 1914

Source: MA,MED
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