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A lookout commemorates naturalist and explorer, John Gilbert, who was speared by aborigines at the Mitchell River near Dunbar, Cape York Peninsula.

In September 1844 he joined Leichhardt`s expedition providing his own equipment, in the interests of natural history. The only competent bushman in the party, Gilbert soon became recognized as second-in-command. On 28 June 1845 near the Gulf of Carpentaria, Gilbert was killed by a flying spear when natives made a night attack on the expedition`s camp because some of their women had been molested by the two Aboriginals with the party. He was buried on the spot, a tree near by was marked, and a fire was lit over the disturbed earth in order to screen the grave.


Address:Kelman Street, Gilbert`s Lookout, Taroom, 4420
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.645507
Long: 149.797019
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:28-June-1845
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1845


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 26th September, 2004
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Memorial to John Gilbert
1812 -1845

Naturalist with Leichhardt's 1844 - 1846 Expedition

Dedicated by Dr Clemency Fisher  National Museums Liverpool, UK

September 26, 2004. 

Source: MA,ADB
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