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The monument commemorates the Overland expedition and naming of Mount Barker and Mokare`s role as guide.

Mount Barker was first explored in late 1829, nearly four years after the establishment of the penal colony at Albany which lies only 50 kilometres to the south. The penal colony`s surgeon Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson with a small party consisting of two convicts, an Aboriginal guide named Mokare, a soldier and Mr. John Kent, Albany`s commissariat officer, set off from Albany on 2 December 1829 to explore the hinterland.

They reached Mount Barker (which was named after Captain Collet Barker, the settlement`s commandant) in late 1829 and then turned west and south reaching the coast near the present day site of Denmark.


Address:Tower Road, Summit, Mount Barker, 6324
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.655833
Long: 117.645833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1829
Approx. Event End Date:1829
Source: MA
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