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02-April-2021
02-April-2021

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The monument over the gravesite commemorates John McGorrery whowas a member of John McDouall Stuart`s expedition in 1861-1863.

One of the three surviving members of the Stuart Expedition of 1861-2, Mr. John McGorrery, died at the Parkside Asylum at 1.30 a.m. on Friday. Deceased who was in his seventy-third year, was a native of Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland. He came to Adelaide with his parents in 1850, and shortly after their arrival in this State his father started a blacksmith's and wheelwright's business. Young Mr Gorrery, then 10 years old, was immediately put to work shoeing horses, and when 18 years old he went to Victoria and defeated the champion horseshoers of New South Wales and Victoria, Mitchell and Ryan. He saw Bourke and Wills start on their ill-fated trip, and shortly after wards received a letter from his father asking him to return to Adelaide and join the McDuall Stuart Party.
He accepted the offer, and on October 16, 1861, left with the party of that explorer, which consisted of nine other men and 71 horses. On July 25 of the following year the explorers reached the northern coast of Australia. The next day they started back and reached Adelaide again on January 21, 1863. Mr. McGorrery then resumed his trade on the west coast, and up to within a few months was employed by Mr. T. P. Cash, of Calca Station. For four months he was an inmate of the Bungalow Private Hospital at Streaky Bay, and was subsequently removed to Adelaide.
 
McDouall Stuart had with him Messrs. William Kekwick, F. W. Thring, William Patrick Auld, Stephen King, John Billiatt, James Frew, Heath Nash, John McGorrery, and F. G. Waterhouse (naturalist). Last year in Adelaide a banquet was held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Stuart's arrival at the Indian Ocean, and the survivors were presented with gold medals as lasting tokens of the occasion. There are now only two members of Stuart's expedition living— Mr. Stephen King, of Norwood, and Mr. John Billiatt, of Devon, England.
Register (Adelaide), 10 January 1914.

Location

Address:161 West Terrace, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.932336
Long: 138.584791
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration

Dedication

Front Inscription

John McGorrery
Explorer,

Born at County Tyrone Ireland

Died 9th Jany. 1914

Aged 74 years.

 

Back Inscription

Erected by the Royal Geographical Society Of Australasia, (S. A. Branch) and friends.

In admiration of his pluck, endurance, and loyalty to John McDouall Stuart, as member of party who crossed the continent when the British flag was raised on the shores of the Indian Ocean

25th July 1862.

Source: MA
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