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Burke & Wills 150th Anniversary : 20-January-2012
Burke & Wills 150th Anniversary : 20-January-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The basalt plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the departure of Burke & Wills expedition from Melbourne in 1860.

The Burke and Wills expedition was an Australian exploration expedition in 1860–61 of 19 men, led byRobert O`Hara Burke and William John Wills, with the objective of crossing Australia from Melbourne in the south, to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, a distance of around 3,250 kilometres (approximately 2,000 miles). At that time most of the inland of Australia had not been explored by non-Indigenous people and was largely unknown to the European settlers. The expedition set off from Royal park, Melbourne at about 4 pm on 20 August 1860 watched by around 15,000 spectators. The 19 men of the expedition included six Irishmen, five Englishmen, three Afghan and one Indian camel drivers, three Germans and an American. They took 23 horses, 6 wagons and 26 camels. 


Address:Flemington Road, Royal Park, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791722
Long: 144.963583
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:20-August-1860
Actual Event End Date:20-August-2010


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 18th August, 2010
Front Inscription

Royal Society Of Victoria

Commemorating The
150th Anniversary Of The
    Departure Of The
Burke And Wills Expedition
         Unveiled By
The Governor Of Victoria
Professor David de Kretser AC 
        18 August 2010

Source: MA
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