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The monument commemorates Angus McMillan, discover of the Gippsland whose journey started in Currawong in New South Wales and travelled through Tubbut.

Public interest in Angus McMillan and Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki was initiated in a 1920`s campaign to recognise the European explorers in Victoria, and a chain of commemorative cairns was erected across the region. McMillan’s contribution to the region was also conferred in naming the Federal Electoral Division of McMillan in 1948, which includes original lands of the Gunai Kurnai in west and south Gippsland.

The view of McMillan as heroic explorer and pioneer was disrupted in the late 1970`s when historian Peter Gardner highlighted the extent of the frontier conflict in Gippsland, naming McMillan as a key figure. The attack on the Brataualung camped at Warrigal Creek following the murder of Ronald Macalister in 1843 was the foremost of several incidents that resulted in the loss of Gunai Kurnai lives. Historian Don Watson named McMillan as the leader of the ‘Highland Brigade’, a group of Gaelic-speaking Scotsmen who conducted reprisals against the Gunai Kurnai.  The extent of McMillan’s leadership of these conflicts has been contested although his own accounts indicate that he was involved.



Address:Mckillops Road, Tubbut, 3888
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.070262
Long: 148.591351
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 22nd November, 1969
Front Inscription

Plaque :

In commemoration of Angus McMillan

Discoverer of Gippsland

28th, May 1839.
Started from Currawong.  We got to a station called Tibbut (Tubbut), where I was kindly recd. by the hut keeper.

29th May,
Started 8am. Crossed several creeks coming from the Tingaringo Mountain, camped after crossing the Snowy River. 
I here first saw the Australian Pine.

Extract from his diary.

Plaque :

This plaque was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria Major - General Sir John Delacombe K.C.M.G., K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., K. St. J.

22 - 11 - 1969


Source: MA
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