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Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell

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The cairn explains how the town was named by Sir Thomas Mitchell on St George`s Day when he crossed the river.

Mitchell`s fourth expedition into the interior in 1845-46 opened up major routes through the rich eastern pastures of the south-west, leading to the establishment of centres including Roma, Surat, Charleville, Mitchell and St George.


Address:Balonne Highway, Jack Taylor Weir, Balonne River, St George, 4487
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.044444
Long: 148.568056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:23-April-1846
Actual Event End Date:23-April-1846


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 24th October, 1988
Front Inscription

At this spot on St. George`s Dat April, 23rd 1846 Sir Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne and established a camp, calling the crossing St. George`s Bridge.  

This was the origin of the town of St. George. 

Plaque :

The site for the Thomas Mitchell Memorial commemorating his crossing of the Balonne River on St Georges Day, 23rd April, 1846, was dedicated by His Excellency the Governor of Queensland Sir Walter Campbell Q.C., on 24th October 1988, on this our Bicentennial Year.

Cr. R. E. Buchan     Chairman Balonne Shire Bicentennial Committee
Cr. B. J. Hammond  Chairman Balonne Shire Council

Source: MA
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