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The plaque commemorates 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. 

At the centenary of Hume and Hovell exploration in 1924 a committee was formed to co-ordinate and organise local celebrations along the route from Albury to Corio Bay. An itinerary was created for the unveiling ceremonies giving the hour and date for each place concerned from 15 to 21 November 1924.

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 Samaria West and Lima South are unknown.  






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.


Source: MA,MED
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