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Patrick Logan
Patrick Logan

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers

The monument commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the European discovery of the Fassifern Valley by Patrick Logan.

Captain Logan led several expeditions which added to geographical knowledge. In August 1826 he discovered the Logan River and next May the Albert River. In 1828, with Allan Cunningham and Charles Fraser, he succeeded in climbing Mount Barney,  (1356 metres), then the highest altitude attained by a non-aboriginal man in Australia.

In July 1830 he led an expedition to the headwaters of the Richmond River and on his return, since the regiment was due for transfer to India, he attempted to chart the windings of the upper Brisbane River. He never succeeded for he was killed by Aboriginals on 17 October in the region of Mount Beppo.


Address:Cunningham Highway, Fassifern Memorial Reserve, Fassifern, 4309
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.958568
Long: 152.579292
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th May, 1977
Front Inscription

These mountains and valleys of the Great Divide and MacPherson Ranges were first explored by Patrick Logan Commandant of Moreton Bay Settlement 1826 - 1830

He camped in this valley June 9-10, 1827 when his friend explorer Allan Cunningham, discoverer of the Darling Downs was camped at Logan Vale just beyond double - top Mount Mitchell on the skyline

Cunningham passed through this Valley, August 18-29 1828 to discover Cunningham`s Gap through which this National Highway passes

"And so, to point the way -
And wake with voices of today
The silence of primeval years."

Erected by the Boonah Shire Council and the National Trust of Queensland by the generosity of D. A. Jolly, Esq. to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Fassifern Valley

Source: MA
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