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The obelisk honours Major (Sir) Thomas Mitchell who climbed Mount Abrupt on 14 September 1836.  A plaque was added in 1986 to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

It was originally intended to be unveiled on the 14th September 1914 to coincide with the 78th Anniversary but the war and the State election caused a postponement. 

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).


Address:Glenelg Highway & Templeton Street, Dunkeld Caravan Park Reserve, Dunkeld, 3294
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.649607
Long: 142.34479
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:14-September-1836
Actual Event End Date:14-September-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 1st December, 1914
Front Inscription

In honor of Major Mitchell who having discovered Mt Abrupt ascended it 14th Sept 1836.

This monument was erected by residents of Dunkeld and District

14th Sept 1914.

Plaque : 

Unveiled by Emeritus Professor C. M. H. Clark, A.C.

In recognition of Major Mitchell`s visit to Dunkeld 150 years ago on this day

14th September 1986

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