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The tablet and historical marker commemorate the visit of the Lady Nelson and the survey of the inlet by Ensign Francis Barrallier. The Lady Nelson was the first known vessel to journey across the southern coastline and to travel through Bass Strait from west to east. It was the first decked vessel to enter Western Port and made three visits to the Bay.

Under the command of John Murray it sailed into Western Port in 1801. During this visit Victoria’s first garden was planted on Churchill Island, Western Port.Officers from the Lady Nelson prepared the first chart of Western Port in 1801. Leaving Western Port, the Lady Nelson became the first known ship to enter Port Phillip Bay in 1802.


Address:Marine Parade, Fred Smith Reserve, Hastings, 3915
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.307734
Long: 145.196871
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:April-1801
Approx. Event End Date:April-1801


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1985
Front Inscription

                    Shire Of Hastings
                    Historical Society
                    MARKER NO. 6.

To Commemorate The Visit To Western Port In April 1801 Of H.M. Armed Survey Vessel Lady Nelson Under The Command Of Lieutenant James Grant, R.N. When Ensign Francis Barrallier, N.S.W. Corps, Surveyed Hastings Inlet.
This Was Nine Months Before Officers From The Lady Nelson Discovered The Existence Of Port Phillip Bay, And Thirty Four Years Before Melbourne Was Founded.

Tablet Placed In 1985 by Douglas M. Thompson,
First President Of The Shire Of Hastings To Mark The
         Silver Jubilee Of The Shire.

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