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The cairn commemorates explorer Captain Collet Barker in the approximate location of his landing in 1831.  The cairn is made from stones taken from Moana Beach.

Collet Barker (1784 – 1831) was a British military officer and explorer. He explored areas of South Australia,Western  Australia and Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory. He examined the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent from Cape Jervis northward, climbed Mount Lofty, found Adelaide's future port and named the near-by Sturt River. From Yankalilla Bay he went overland with a party to Encounter Bay where alone he swam the Murray mouth and was speared to death by Aboriginals on 30 April 1831.

The Bluestone Cairn is to be unveiled at Port Noarlunga on Monday in memory of Captain Collet Barker, who, it is believed, landed at the mouth of the Onkaparinga River about 100 years ago. It is 12 ft. high, and has a prominent position on the foreshore.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 26 January 1933.


Address:Esplanade, Port Noarlunga, 5167
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.147885
Long: 138.467252
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:17-April-1831
Actual Event End Date:17-April-1831
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 30th January, 1933
Front Inscription

Hereabouts April 15 1831
Pioneer Explorer
Landed From Ship "Isabella"
Proceeded Inland And Lost
His Life April 30 1831.
Erected January 30 1933
Plate Presented By "Gang Camp"

Source: MA, SAM, ADB
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