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100 Years of Settlement
100 Years of Settlement

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers / John Huth

A monument commemorates one hundred years of settlement in the Cardwell Shire.

Cardwell was the first port settlement on the Queensland coast north of Port Denison (Bowen). The first party of non-indigenous people to settle at Rockingham Bay arrived in January 1864. They were 20 in number and they came from Bowen on the small schooner Policeman with the 3 ton cutter Heather Bell in tow.


Address:Bruce Highway, Cardwell Lions Park, Cardwell, 4849
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -18.263333
Long: 146.025556
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 26th January, 1964
Front Inscription

This Cairn Erected By The People Of The 
Commemorates One Hundred Years Of Settlement 
And Was Unveiled During Centenary Celebrations 
ON 26th JANUARY 1964
By His Excellency The Governor of Queensland 
K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., D.S.O.

Left Side Inscription

Near To This Cairn Landed In 
January 1864 
The First Settlers Of Cardwell 
The Oldest Town In North Queensland North Of Bowen 
This Party Of Settlers Which Travelled From Bowen In The Schooner `Policeman` Was Led By The Noted Pastoralist Explorer George Elphinstone Dalrymple And Included A J Scott, W A Tully, Lieutenant Marlow (With Three Native Police Troopers)  P Selheim, G M Farquharson, J Dallachy, J Morrill, J Morrisey, F T Milne, W Peters, W Butler, C Kerr, R Ewart, and ? Muller.

"A Handful Of Workers Seeking The Star Of
                                             A Strong Intent,

A Handful Of Heroes Scattered To
                                      Conquer A Continent."

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