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A cairn commemorates the Hume and Hovell expedition of 1834. 

On 18 October 1824, Hume and Hovell set off from the Goulburn area of New South Wales taking a party of six other men with them. They headed south-west and passed through Albury and north-east Victoria to Mount Macedon.

They intended to make their way to Western Port Bay, but diverted to the west instead of the east and arrived at Corio Bay, Geelong. This navigational error brought the party from Macedon through to present day St Albans. They are known to have stopped on the site where the cairn stands.

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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