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Chapman Family : 29-September-2011
Chapman Family : 29-September-2011

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A cairn with direction finder commemorates the pioneer Chapman family. The cairn was unveiled during the opening of the Arthurs Seat Road in 1929. 

Arthur's Seat Road, Dromana, was officially opened by the Governor on Saturday afternoon before an assemblage of about 1000 persons. The weather was most disappointing, particularly to the organising committee, as elaborate preparations had been made in anticipation a record attendance, and all that was needed was bright sunshine to crown the great work which had been carried out in opening up the scenic tourist road for the people of Victoria. A tribute to the forethought of the leaders in erecting memorial cairns on the various points of vantage on the road to the summit of the mount was made by Lord Somers.

The first cairn was to commemorate Chief Officer Bowen, the first white man to enter Port Phillip on 4th February, 1802, donated by Mr. J.H. King; Franklin Point, to commemorate the visit of Sir John Franklin, who visited the mount with his kinsman, Matthew Flinders, in 1802, and returned in 1844, donated by Cr. A. V. Shaw; Murray's Lookout, to commemorate Lieutenant John Murray, who named the mountain Arthur's Seat from its resemblance to the mountains of the same name near Edinburgh, donated by Mr. L. Carrigg; Chapman's Point, in honor of a pioneer family, donated by Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Dyson. These tablets were of Dromana granite, beautifully polished and inscribed by H. B. Corben and Sons.
Excerpt from the Age (Melbourne), 16 December 1929.


Address:Arthurs Seat Road, Chapman`s Point, Arthurs Seat, 3936
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.354017
Long: 144.947167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Monument Manufacturer:H. B. Corben & Sons (Clifton Hill, VIC)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th December, 1929
Front Inscription

Chapman`s Point,

In honour of a pioneer family,

Presented by Mr and Mrs C. R. Dyson

14. 12 .29,

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