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The cairn commemorates Edward John Eyre and his guide Wylie, who luckily came across Captain Rossiter and his whaling crew at this point in 1841 after having made a very gruelling and tragic crossing of the coastline of the Great Australian Bight.      

Land exploration of the Esperance region can be said to have begun in 1841. At the time Edward John Eyre and his aboriginal companion Wylie were involved in a 'do or die' struggle to cross the Nullarbor, desperately hoping to reach the safety the King George's Sound settlement. Suffering from starvation and exposure, Eyre and Wylie nearly came to grief at nearby Lucky Bay. Good fortune was on their side however, and the pair were miraculously rescued by Captain Rossiter, the English master of a French whaling ship named the "Mississippi."      





Address:Rossiter Bay, Cape Le Grand, Near Bird Sanctuary, Esperance, 6450
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.966667
Long: 122.2675
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA
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