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Map of Journey : (State Library of Victoria : Maps 820.5 AT 1824 – 1825)
Map of Journey : (State Library of Victoria : Maps 820.5 AT 1824 – 1825)

The cairn commemorates the Hume and Hovell expedition of 1824. 

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.

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.  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.

Further arrangements for the unveiling of memorials on the course taken by Hume and Hovell in their journey across Victoria in 1824 were made at a meeting of the Hume and Hovell Centenary Committee yesterday. Sir James Barrett presided.   On December 6, in the Upper Plenty district, near Wallan, an excursion is to be made to Mount Disappointment, which will be preceded by the unveiling of a memorial by Mr. C. R. Long of the Education department. On December 11, ceremonies will be performed at Broadford, Kilmore, and Bulla, and on December 19 at Werribee, Deer Park, and St. Albans.   Arrangements are well advanced for a ceremony at Lara, near Geelong, which was the terminal of the expedition. A memorial is to be unveiled in that district on December 17 by the Postmaster-General  (Mr. Gibson). 
Argus (Melbourne), 3 December 1924.        


Address:East Esplanade, Outside Keilor Plains Station, St Albans, 3021
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.729322
Long: 144.793982
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:19-December-1824
Actual Event End Date:19-December-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 19th December, 1924
Front Inscription

Hume and Hovell passed here.

December 19th 1824,

Erected by residents of St Albans and Sydenham

Dec 19th 1924.

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