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The memorial, erected over the grave, commemorates Henry William Beamish Talbot, who died in the town in 1957 after a lifetime studying the State's ancient landscape. It was erected at his unmarked grave by BHP Billiton and Readymix Australia.

Two of Talbot's expeditions included a 426 day trip that established the Canning Stock Route in 1908, and a survey trip in South Australia where he and a camp hand were speared by Aborigines. In 1933, aged 59, Talbot joined the newly formed Western Mining Corporation as its first senior project geologist. He worked for the company until 1953, having conducted extensive mapping and study of gold prospects in the goldfields region, revisiting by car those places he studied from the back of a camel decades earlier. He died four years later, aged 83.



Address:Vasse Highway, Nannup Cemetery, Nannup, 6275
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.991667
Long: 115.762222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th November, 2007
Front Inscription

           To The Memory Of 
           H. W. B. TALBOT
            1874 - 1957
For His Contribution To The Geological Mapping Of
            Western Australia
"Few men have contributed more to our knowledge 
of the inaccessible and arid regions of the state"  

- Andrew Gibb-Maitland, WA Government Geologist, 1920

Proudly Remembered By His Grandchildren

Erected By The WA Division Of The Geological Society Of Australia
With Generous Assistance Of BHP-Billiton And Readymix Australia
16 November 2007

Source: MA
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