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The monument commemorates Major Mitchell who passed through the area in 1836. 

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 Count Paul de Strzelecki.

Thirty-five cairns or tablets to Mitchell were erected at Nyah West, Swan Hill, Cohuna, Mount Pyramid, Fernihurst, Wedderburn, Kanya, Stawell, Mount William, Horsham, Mount Arapiles, Miga Lake, Harrow, Coleraine, Casterton, Dartmoor, Isle of Bags, Portland, Mount Rouse, Mount Napier, Hamilton, Lake Repose, Dunkeld, Middle Creek, Mount Greenock, Mitchellstown, Nagambie, Castlemaine, Expedition Pass, Kyneton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Gooramadda and a public park at Natimuk (Major Mitchell Park, Mount Arapiles, Natimuk).

Nagambie, Friday.
Major Mitchell in his travels of 1836 visited the site of the now thriving town of Nagambie after he had passed through Mitchellstown. The origin of the name of Nagambie is the subject of conflict between authorities on aboriginal dialect. An enthusiastic committee working under the direction of the head master of the State school ( Mr. R. A Lester) organised an appeal for funds for a monument to the memory of Major Mitchell, and today, in a reserve, in the main street school children and residents gathered around a bluestone monument bearing the inscription "Major Mitchell explorer passed here on October 9 1836." Before the memorial was unveiled by Sir James Barrett, Mr C. S. Daley remarked upon the foresight shown by Mitchell, who in those days had "prophesied" that Victoria, or as it was then known as Port Phillip Colony, was suitable for intense cultivation, water being provided from conservation areas on the great river system of the northern districts. 
Excerpt from Argus (Melbourne), 3 May 1930.


Address:High Street, Nagambie, 3608
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.7846
Long: 145.153983
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:09-October-1836
Actual Event End Date:09-October-1836


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 2nd May, 1930
Front Inscription

Major Mitchell


Passed here on 9th Oct. 1836.

Source: MA,MED, ADB
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