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The memorial, erected over the grave, commemorates Edward John Bloxham, a resident of Bourke for 33 years and the Managing Director of the Bogan River Pastoral Association. Edward Bloxham was referred to as the "Father of Bourke." 

We are pleased to be able to report that at last the resting place of the " Father of Bourke," the late E. J. Bloxham, is suitably marked, the obelisk which has been described some time since having been duly erected. Messrs. Craig and Taylor, Dubbo, to whom the task was entrusted, have carried out their work in the style for which they are becoming so well known, and the monument is worthy of the firm who constructed it, and the man whose memory it perpetuates. One unpleasant feature of the matter is, we regret to learn, that the Hon. Treasurer and Secretary are liable for a considerable sum, a state of things, which we hope, now that the work is complete, will speedily be altered.
Dubbo Dispatch & Wellington Independent (NSW), 29 June 1894. 


Address:Gorrell Avenue (Kidman Way), Bourke Historic Cemetery, Bourke, 2842
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.101753
Long: 145.936603
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Monument Manufacturer:Craig & Taylor (Dubbo)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1894
Front Inscription

Died Octr 6th 1893
Aged 71 Years
For 33 Years A Resident Of
Erected By His Friends As A 
Mark Of Esteem And Respect
And A Memento Of His Early
Association With And Efforts
On Behalf Of The Town And

Source: MA
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