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18-August-2016 (Roger Johnson)
18-August-2016 (Roger Johnson)

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The gates commemorate the founder of Donald, Johann August Meyer. The gates were erected in 1963 during the Shire of Donald centenary year. 

In 1863 an enterprising businessman named Johann August Meyer saw an opportunity to set up a store and liquor shanty by a bridge that had been built over the Richardson upstream from the Banyenong homestead. It was a crossing and camping place for teamsters, travellers, drovers and herdsmen. The shanty met strong objections from William Donald and other pastoralists, as shepherds were being enticed from their lonely vigil, minding sheep in the unfenced land.

When a road from St. Arnaud to Morton Plains was surveyed in 1864, the bridge was re-located, and Johann Meyer built a weatherboard store and hotel near the site of the present Mt. Jeffcott Hotel. Edward Miller followed him, building his Royal Hotel, and this was the nucleus of the town that was called Richardson Bridge until the name "Donald" appeared on a survey map in 1866.


Address:Houston Street, Donald Park, Donald, 3480
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.372453
Long: 142.987295
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Gates
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1963
Left Side Inscription

Dedicated to Johann August Meyer

Founder of Donald


Right Side Inscription

Erected by Shire of Donald

Centenary Year,

A. A. Dunstan,
Shire President 

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au