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Survey of Port Phillip Bay : 01-October-2011
Survey of Port Phillip Bay : 01-October-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The plaque commemorates the bicentenary of the survey of Port Phillip Bay undertaken by Charles Grimes and James Fleming in 1803.


Address:Point Nepean Road, Portsea, 3941
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.319417
Long: 144.713361
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:21-January-1803
Actual Event End Date:27-February-1803


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 27th February, 2003
Front Inscription

The people of Bunurong lived in this area for many thousand years


Acting Surveyor-General, Charles Grimes, with gardener James Fleming, were sent by Governor King of New South Wales, in the schooner Cumberland (26 ton), under Lt Robbins, to map Port Phillip and "walk around the bay" to determine its agricultural potential.
They landed near here on 21 January, 1803, at the start of the survey and crossed to the Bass Strait coast, climbed Arthurs Seat on 23 January and found the Yarra River, or Barrern, on 2 February.  They completed their survey and re-embarked on the Cumberland on 27 February, 1803.
The Grimes map of Port Phillip was later used by Matthew Flinders, with due acknowledgement in his Maps of Australia published in 1814.
Unveiled on 27 February 2003 to mark the bicentenary of the event

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council  Nepean Historical Society

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au