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Explorers Memorial : 28-December-2010
Explorers Memorial : 28-December-2010

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The monument commemorates Burke and Wills, Major Mitchell and the captains of the first Murray paddle steamers which arrived in Swan Hill from South Australia in 1853.  The memorial was originally intended to be unveiled on the 12th September, 1914; the anniversary of the departure of the Burke and Wills expedition from Swan Hill in 1860.  

Swan Hill. At a meeting of the explorers' memorial committee on Thursday night it was decided to invite Sir John Forrest, whose exploratory work in the early days of West Australia was of much value, to perform the unveiling of the memorial on 12th September, on the occasion of the anniversary of the departure from here of Burke and Wills in 1860. On 17th September, the anniversary of the arrival of the first steamer on the Murray River, under Capt Candall (sic) in 1853, will be celebrated. Prof C. R. Long, of the Historical Society, and members of the Victorian, New South Wales, and South Australian Government will be invited to attend the unveiling. The monument will cost about £150.
Ballarat Courier (Vic), 4 July 1914.


Address:McCallum Street, Median Strip near Curlewis Street, Swan Hill, 3585
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.338374
Long: 143.560547
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 27th October, 1914
Front Inscription

On this spot, the residents of Swan Hill bade farewell to the Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition

12th Sept 1860

Left Side Inscription

An expedition under Major Mitchell camped here, 20th June 1836 and he named the place Swan Hill



Back Inscription

Erected by public subscription

12th Sept. 1914. 

Unveiled by Right Hon Sir John Forrest K.C.M.G.  P.C.
27th Oct 1914. 

Neil Brown. President



Right Side Inscription

The first steamers on the Murray the "Lady Augusta" (Captain Francis Cadell) and the "Mary Ann" (Captain Wm R Randell) arrived here from South Australia 

17th Sept 1853.

Source: VMR,MA
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