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The monument commemorates William Ernest Giles (1835 - 1897) and his crossing from Geraldton to Peake Telegraph Station in 1876. The monument was repaired in 1985. 

On 6 May 1875 Giles` party, which included, W.H. Tietkens, J. Young, A. Ross, Peter Nicholls, Saleh, Jimmy and Tommy, left from Beltana Station for their trip north and across the Great Victoria Desert. This time he was successful and reached Perth on 24 November 1875.

After a spell at the Western Australia Capital the party returned to South Australia. They did not take the easy way but went back via the Gibson desert finally arriving at the Peake on 23 August 1876. They had been gone for 15 months and travelled more than 8,000 kilometres. After returning the camels to Beltana Station they went on their way to Adelaide. They attended several parties in their honour at Beltana, Blinman, Burra, Gawler and Adelaide.


Address:Oodnadatta Track, 90.4 kilometres south near Peake Telegraph turnoff (PAR12 access track), Oodnadatta, 5734
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.142794
Long: 135.821707
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:06-May-1875
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Actual Event End Date:23-August-1876
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Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 23rd August, 1976
Front Inscription

To the memory of William Ernest Giles who reached Peake Telegraph Station 23rd August 1876 having recrossed this  continent from Geraldton to Peake Station

This monument was erected to honour his achievement by Christian Brothers Colleges of Rostrevor, Gilles Plains and Whyalla

23rd August 1976

Monument repaired by a party from Rostrevor College
25th May 1985

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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