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Hume & Hovell : 08-August-2011
Hume & Hovell : 08-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The cairn commemorates the Hume and Hovell expedition which passed through the area in 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.

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 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.

Arrangements in connection with the Hume and Hovell celebrations on Thursday next are well advanced, and given fine weather the occasion should prove a memorable one. A special train will run from Yarrawonga to Lima. The train is timed to reach Benalla at 9.5 a.m. and depart at 9.25, arriving at Lima at 10.10 a.m., and leaving on the return journey about 5 p.m. Tickets at the following cheap rates will be available at the local schools: — Adults 2/1, 16 years and under 23, 1/7; under 16, 11d. The following memorials will be unveiled in the Benalla district: — Moyhu. — Cairn. Hansonville. — Tablet. Molyullah — Cairn. Dodd's Crossing (Tatong). — Cairn. Samaria. — Cairn, Swanpool. — Cairn. Samaria West: — Tablet.- Lima South. — Tablet. Barjarg. — Cairn. Warrenbayne West. — Tablet.  Violet Town. — Cairn. The tablets at Samaria West and Lima South have been constructed by the boys of the Benalla Sloyd Centre.
Benalla Standard (Vic), 14 November 1924.


Address:Midland Highway, Swanpool, 3673
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.745506
Long: 146.001036
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:28-November-1824
Actual Event End Date:29-December-1824


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 20th November, 1924
Front Inscription

Hume and Hovell

Passed 4 miles south
28th Nov. 1824

Returned 3 miles north
29th Dec. 1824

Erected November 1924

Source: MED,VMR, MA
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