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08-September-2019 [Sandra Brown]
08-September-2019 [Sandra Brown]

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The cairn commemorates the bi-centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia.  

The Bicentenary marked the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip (1738-1814), commander of the First Fleet, established the foundations of a British colony at Sydney Cove on the 26th January 1788.  


Address:Wollombi Street, Near Fire Station, Broke, 2330
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.750671
Long: 151.102947
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:26-January-1788
Actual Event End Date:26-January-1988


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 26th January, 1988
Front Inscription

This Cairn Was Erected By The Residents
Of Broke To Celebrate Australia`s Bicentenary.

Unveiled by Cr. Neil W. McNamara O.A.M. 
President Singleton Shire Council
on 26th January, 1988

This rests on sandstone from the original convict built 
Blaxland Homestead.

                   1788 -1988

An Australian Bicentennial 
            To commemorate 
         the nation`s Bicentenary 
                    in 1988

Back Inscription


The village of Broke is on the Great North Road.  The area was first discovered by John Blaxland in 1818 and later settled by him, George Blaxland and Robert Rodd on land granted to them in 1824. Major Thomas Mitchell, the Surveyor General, named Broke in honour of his friend Sir Charles Broke Vere of Suffolk, England.

In the late 1800`s the main stock route to Sydney via Windsor passed through Broke and the settlement supported a flour mill, several hotels, a public school, police station, two churches, a post office, brick kiln, butcher shop, bakery and blacksmith and was a welcome stopover for travellers and drovers.

Source: MA
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