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1927 : Unveiling by Lord Somers : State Library of Victoria : H42624 / 99
1927 : Unveiling by Lord Somers : State Library of Victoria : H42624 / 99

The cairn erected in 1927 commemorates Paul Edmund de Strzelecki who passed by this spot in 1840. The memorial was refurbished and an additional plaque and relief portrait was donated by the Polish Association of the Latrobe Valley and unveiled in 1966. The relief portrait of Strzelecki was sculpted by A. Santowiak. 

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 Paul de Strzelecki.

Seven cairns or tablets to Strzelecki were erected at Heyfield, Loy Yang, Koornala, North Mirboo, Leongatha, Korumburra, Corinella.

A party, including Sir James Barrett, the under-secretary for Lands (Mr. H. O. Allan), and members of the Historical Society committee left Melbourne on Friday for Gippsland, where they will accompany the State Governor, who will unveil a series of cairns which have been erected to perpetuate the memory of the explorers Strzelecki and Angus McMillan, and to mark the routes of their chief explorations. The party will unveil several cairns each day, the itinerary to be followed being: Monday.— Omeo, Benambra, Swift's Creek, and Ensay. Tuesday.— Bruthen, Mossiface, Sarsfield, Lucknow, Calulu. Wednesday.— Sale ,Bundalaguah, Stratford, Bushy Park, Heyfield and Rosedale. Thursday.—Tom's Cap, Alberton, and Yarram. Friday.—Traralgon, Koornalla, Mirboo North and Leongatha, Saturday.—Korumburra and Corinella.
Gippsland Times (Vic), 4 April 1927.



Address:Traralgon Creek Road, Koornalla, 3844
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.329559
Long: 146.528669
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1840
Approx. Event End Date:1840
Artist:A. Santowiak


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 8th April, 1927
Front Inscription

Plaque :

This Plaque Unveiled On 10. 7. 1966
By Sir Herbert Ryland M.L.A
          Donated By 
Polish Association Latrobe Valley
Sculpture - A. Santowiak

Plaque :

    1797 - 1893
Passed Near This Spot 
     April 1840
  Erected 1927. 
Unveiled By Lord Somers

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