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A plaque commemorates explorer Francis Thomas Gregory who landed at Hearson's Cove in 1861. 

On Sunday July 1 at Hearson Cove, members of the Dampier Lions Club led by the Curator of History of the Western Australian Museum, David Hutchinson, will endeavour to locate the site of the base camp for the first land exploration of the North-West. The first expedition led by F.T. Gregory established a base camp at Hearson Cove in late May of 1861. From this point, land expeditions carried out their explorations lasting some 8 months, travelling inland to Mount Turner near Tom Price and east to Roebuck Bay.

The expedition hopes to find relics left by the first party. The Dampier Lions Club will build a barbecue at the cove in corporating a plaque to commemorate the first landing. In the next issue of Hamer sley News we will publish a full account of the efforts to locate the base camp.
Hamersley News (Perth),  28 June 1973.


Address:Hearson Cove Road , Hearson Cove, Burrup Peninsula, Dampier, 6713
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.634218
Long: 116.797647
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:13-May-1861


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1978
Front Inscription

Francis Thomas Gregory, Eexplorer

F. T. Gregory and his party landed here from the barque Dolphin on May 13, 1861.

Although the object of the expedition was to assess the suitability of the area for the cultivation of cotton, Gregory`s report led to the establishment of the north - west pastoral industry.

Erected by the Lions Club of Dampier and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society - 1978


Source: MA
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