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The plaque was erected along the Mount Barker Heritage Trail as a bicentenary project to commemorate the climbing and naming of Mount Barker by the 1829 Overland expedition led by Dr. Thomas Braidwood Wilson.

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.

The Mount Barker Heritage Trail is part of the Heritage Trails Network, a project for community participation originally devissed by the Western Australian Heritage Committee (now known as the Heritage Council of Western Australia), in commemoration of the 1988 Bicentenary. 


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:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1829
Approx. Event End Date:1829


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription

          Mount Barker Heritage Trail 
                      Mount Barker 
The mount was climbed by Dr Thomas Braidwood
Wilson and party in 1829, during an expedition from 
Albany into the previously unexplored Mount Barker,
Denmark and Torbay areas. 

Named by Wilson after Captain Collett (sic) Barker, the
Commandant of the King George III Sound Settlement
(Albany), Mount Barker is 404 metres above sea level.
An Australian Bicentenary project with financial
assistance from the State and Commonwealth governments
Source: MA
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