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Email from Peter Harper (C0898) 12-June-2023 stating that this plaque is no longer in the hall, and is held in private possession by a farmer.   Marked as NFP until the plaque is returned to the hall.

The plaque commemorates the centenary of the Hume and Hovell expedition which passed through the area in 1924. The plaque was originally hung in the Hansonville School, (corner of School Road and Banksdale Road, Hansonville), near the Hansonville Hall, at the Hansonville Reserve.  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.

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.

The Hansonville School was closed in 1993, merging with the Greta South School to become Greta Valley, at the Greta South site. The majority of the Hansonville School buildings were later removed or demolished.

After the 1952 bushfires, when the Hansonville Hall was destroyed, the nearby Greta Hall was moved to its current location on Reserve Road, where it was renamed the Greta  - Hansonville Hall.  It is planned to house the original tablet there, and to erect a commemorative stone with a brass plaque at the original site. 

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.

HUME AND HOVELL CENTENARY. At the Melbourne committee rooms, on Friday, the committee in charge of the centenary celebrations of the Hume and Hovell explorations met to discuss the time-table for the unveiling of monuments along the route followed by the two pioneers. After much discussion, it was agreed that, with the co-operation of the Royal Automobile Club, the route followed would be as follows:— Starting from Bright on Sunday, 16th November, they will unveil a tablet at the foot of Mount Buffalo. On Monday they will proceed via Myrtleford, Whorouly, Everton, Murmungee, and Stanley, staying at Beechworth overnight. Tuesday’s program covers Back Creek, Allen’s Flat, Staghorn Flat, Ebden and Bethanga. Tuesday evening and Wednesday will be spent at Albury, where a sports meeting and concert have been arranged. At Wangaratta the party will divide, the main party proceeding to Benalla, where a civic reception has been arranged. They will proceed through to Violet Town, Euroa, Avenel and Seymour. The remainder will proceed via Hedi, Hansonville, Samaria, and Swanpool to Merton. On the Friday this second party will travel from Avenel through Bonnie Doon and Yarck to Yea. The parties will re-unite at Broadford on the Friday and proceed to Melbourne. Sir J. Barrett (chairman) said the Education Department has arranged demonstrations by school children at all places included in the itinerary, and was making special efforts to interest the children in the history and development of the districts traversed by the explorers.
Upper Murray and Mitta Herald (Vic.), 25 September 1924.

HUME AND HOVELL CENTENARY. Arrangements in connectionwith the Hume and Hovell celebrations on Thursday next are well advanced,and given fine weather the occasion should prove a memorable one. A special train will run from Yarrawonga to Lima. The train is timed to reach Benalla at 9.5 a.m. and depart at 9.25, arriving at Lima at 10.10 a.m., and leaving on the return journey about 5 p.m, Tickets at the following cheap rates will be available at the local schools: — Adults 2/1, 16 years and under 23, 1/7;under 16, 11d. The following memorials will he unveiled in the Benalla district:— Moyhu.— Cairn. Hansonville. — Tablet. Molyullah— Cairn. Dodd's Crossing (Tatong).— Cairn. Samaria. — Cairn. Swanpool.— Cairn. Samaria West: — Tablet. Lima South:— Tablet. Barjarg:— Cairn. Warrenbayne West: — Tablet. Violettown: — Cairn. The tablets at Samaria West and Lima South have been constructed by the boys of the Benalla Sloyd Centre.
Benalla Standard (Vic), 14 November 1924.






Address:Reserve Road, Greta - Hansonville Hall, Hansonville, 3675
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.588611
Long: 146.251944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:20-December-1824
Actual Event End Date:20-December-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th December, 1924
Front Inscription

Hume and Hovell ( Explorers ) passed by here

20th Decr 1824.

Erected 20 - 12 - 1924.


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