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The plaque at the trigonometrical station at the summit of Mount Brown, commemorates the first recorded ascent of Mount Brown on the 10th March 1802 by Robert Brown, William Westall and Ferdinand Bauer from Matthew Flinders' Investigator which was anchored in Spencer Gulf.  Flinders named the hill, Mount Brown in Robert Brown`s honour.

The plaque was unveiled in 1986 during the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of South Australia. 

Robert Brown (1773 -1858), a botanist, collected, studied and classified thousands of plant flora he collected from the Flinders expedition to Australia in 1801 – 1805. He described Brownian motion, the movement of small particles in solution, which is named after him and he described and named the plant cell nuclei. He was the first to recognize the difference between gymnosperms (conifers) and angiosperms (flowering plants).




Address:Richman Valley Road, Mount Brown Summit, Mount Brown Conservation Park, Quorn, 5433
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.503793
Long: 138.005341
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:10-March-1802
Actual Event End Date:10-March-1802


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:May-1986
Front Inscription

To Commemorate The First Recorded
Ascent Of Mt. Brown On March 10th 1802
By Robert Brown, William Westall And 
Ferdinand Bauer Of H.M.S. Investigator.

Matthew Flinders, Captain
Of H.M.S. Investigator Named This Peak
In Honour Of Robert Brown, Botanist
On The Famous Voyage Of Discovery.

Erected In May 1986
By Adelaide Bushwalkers
During The 150th Anniversary Of The
Foundation Of South Australia.

Source: MA, ADB
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