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A tree commemorates the sesquicentenary of the explorer Charles Sturt who passed through the area in 1830. 

Captain Charles Napier Sturt (1795 – 1869) was a British explorer of Australia, and part of the European exploration of Australia. He led several expeditions into the interior of the continent, starting from both Sydney and later from Adelaide. His expeditions traced several of the westward-flowing rivers, establishing that they all merged into the Murray River. He was searching to determine if there was an "inland sea".

In January 1830 Sturt's party reached the confluence of the Murrumbidgee and a much larger river, which Sturt named the Murray River. Sturt then proceeded down the Murray, until he reached the river's confluence with the Darling. Sturt had now proved that all the western-flowing rivers eventually flowed into the Murray. In February 1830, the party reached a large lake which Sturt called Lake Alexandrina. A few days later, they reached the sea. There they made the disappointing discovery that the mouth of the Murray was a maze of lagoons and sandbars, impassable to shipping



Address:Hugh King Drive, Murray River Bank, Mildura, 3500
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.181883
Long: 142.165193
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th November, 1979
Front Inscription

Was Planted By
CR. W. B. WEIR, J.P.,
Mayor of the City of Mildura
To Commemorate The
Sesqui Centenary Of Captain Sturt

24th November, 1979


Source: MA
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