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08-December-2014 (Chris McLaughlin)
08-December-2014 (Chris McLaughlin)

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The monument commemorates the pioneers who settled the district.

At a community meeting in February 1999 it was suggested that a monument honouring pioneers of Underbool district be established at the highway rest area. Initially plaques naming pioneers were to be displayed within a native tree plantation. Later it was proposed that a monument to district pioneers be erected featuring a large local rock.

Families were invited to donate the cost of a plaque which would identify the pioneer with brief details of arrival time, occupation/land selected. Response from descendants of pioneers was outstanding and it was obvious that a large structure would be necessary to accommodate all plaques.

Design Features

  • Railway segment leading to the rock signifies rail preceding opening of the district making settlement possible.
  • Circular 'wheel' around the rock remembers the importance of wagons for transport of early settlers, their supplies and produce.
  • Paved coloured segments in the wheel represent fallow land and golden crops.
  • Gypsum reminds of the importance of the salt industry for employment and income so many during drought/depression years of early times.
  • Shadow figures recall early images.



Address:Cotter Street, Rest Area, Underbool, 3509
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.169712
Long: 141.81116
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Designer:Karen Harris


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th October, 2002
Front Inscription

Pioneer and Early Settler Memorial

Officially opened

19 October 2002

Plaque :

In honour of the pioneers who, through vision, courage and strength, triumphed over hardship to settle this District

Inscription in Proximity

Stock water cart used by Farnsworth Family

Allot. 32 Parish Manpy

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