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Hume + Hovell
Hume + Hovell

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The monument commemorates explorers Hume & Hovell who passed through the area in 1824. The monument was unveiled in 1924, the centenary year of their exploration. 

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.

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 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.

During the Hume and Hovell Centenary celebrations a section of the representatives of the Historical Society and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria will stay overnight at Benalla, arriving on Wednesday evening, 19th November, on the completion of their tour through Angleside, Moyhu; etc. The following is the itinerary of time-table for the unveiling ceremonies. Every endeavour will be made to observe the times specified, and local secretaries have been asked by Mr. W. F. Gates, hon. secretary, to have their arrangements complete at the times specified. The party will leave Melbourne on Saturday. 15th November, and proceed to Mt. Buffalo.

Unveiling memorials will proceed along the route, and on Thursday, 20th November, the first party leaves Wangaratta for Benalla. The programme will then be: — . Thursday, Nov 20. — Unveiling cairn at Warrenbayne 11.30 p.m.: do., at Violet Town 12.30 p.m.; do. Euroa at 2.30 p.m.; do., Avenel at 3.30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. — Second party leaves Albury for Wangaratta (lunch). Unveiling ceremony at Moyhu, 2.30 p.m.: unveiling at Hansonville. 3.30 p.m.; unveiling at Molyullah, 4.30 p.m.; arrives at Benalla. stays night. Thursday. Nov. 20.- — Leaves Benalla (party divides) ; first division unveils cairn at Tatong 10.30 a.m., and division unveils cairn at Samaria, 10.30 a.m. and Swanpool 11.30 p.m.; united party lunch at Doon 1 .45 p.m.; unveil cairn at Woodfield. 3 p.m., and Yarck 4.30 p.m. Stays night at Yea.

On the following day unveilings will take place at Yea, Strath Creek and Broadford. On Saturday, December 6th a memorial at Upper Plenty will be unveiled, and a district excursion from Wallan to Mt. Disappointment will take place. A further series of unveilings will take place in the shires of Kilmore, Broadmeadows, Bulla, Keilor, Braybrook, Werribee and Corio in December.
Benalla Standard (Vic), 11 November 1924.


Address:Boggy Creek Road & Wangaratta - Whitfield Road, Moyhu, 3732
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.594052
Long: 146.382939
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:26-November-1824
Actual Event End Date:30-December-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 19th November, 1924
Front Inscription

Hume and Hovell

Passed nearby Nov 26

And on return Dec 30 1824

Erected Nov 1924

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au