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The cairn commemorates Major Thomas Mitchell who passed through the area in 1836 on his return journey to New South Wales. 

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).

Gooramadda, Friday.
Messrs. Charles Daley, secretary,  F Hansford, C. R. Long,  V. H. Miller and Mrs. Miller, of the historical memorial committee attended the unveiling of a cairn near the foot of Mount Ochteryre, Gooramadda, indicating the place where Major Mitchell the explorer, camped on 18th October 1836, before crossing the Murray, on his return journey to New South Wales. The unveiling was performed by Dr. J. R. Harris, M.L.C. The site of the cairn is beside a new main road constructed under the Country Roads Board, from Howlong to Barnnwartha, costing £2450. Mr. Daley in his speech, traced Major Mitchell's route through Victoria, stating that the cairn indicated where the explorer last camped in Victoria, and was the twenty-fifth cairn erected along the route. He thanked the Rutherglen Shire and residents of Gooramadda for erectlng the cairn. After the ceremony, the new road adjoining was declared opened. Mr Daley, representing the Country Roads Board, congratulated Engineer Lingford on the manner in which the work was carried out. Mrs. Morris, wife of Cr. O. H. Morris, then cut the blue ribbon that stretched across the road. and declared it open for traffic. 
Corowa Free Press (NSW), 18 November 1930. 


Address:Chiltern - Howlong Road, Gooramadda Public Reserve , Gooramadda, 3685
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.01625061
Long: 146.619308471
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:17-October-1836
Actual Event End Date:17-October-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 14th November, 1930
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell


Passed here

17th Oct 1836

Source: MA,MED
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