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The cairn commemorates pioneer John A. Wallace and to `those less fortunate although they strode and worked hard, died unknown.` It was unveiled during "Back To Rutherglen" celebrations in 1939. 

John Alston Wallace was a founder of Rutherglen who named the town after his Scottish birthplace. He opened the first store and hotel (the Star) and had the town laid out in 1860.

RUTHERGLEN, Sunday.— The Back- to-Rutherglen centenary celebrations are proving an enjoyable week of festivities, the number of "home-comers" being estimated at 5000. On Friday evening a cairn to the memory of Mr. John Wallace, who named the town Rutherglen after his native town in Scotland, was unveiled in the presence of a large crowd.  On Saturday afternoon a regatta was held on Lake Moodemere, when combination fours were rowed. Eight crews, comprised of rowers from Corowa, Wahgunyah and Rutherglen Lake, competed, the winning crew being H. Gayffer's. In the evening a torchlight procession and fireworks was held.

This afternoon a cairn, erected and presented by Cr. R. Ready to the memory of Mr. John Lindsay Brown, who in 1839 settled on the Gooramadda run, was unveiled. Among those present were Mrs. Morlett, daughter of John Lindsay Brown; Mr. W. T. Elliott, of Whitton, N.S.W., who came to Rutherglen 79 years ago, and Mr. J. D. Read, of Springhurst. The speakers included the Minister of Education (Sir John Harris), who unveiled the cairn; Messrs. Cook, M.L.A.; the shire president (Cr. W. R. McRae), Cr. S. G. Williams, president of the Back-to-Rutherglen; Cr. D. Martin (president of the shire of Chiltern), and Mr. W. Jack (vice-president of the Rutherglen Old Boys and Girls' Association in Melbourne).
Age (Melbourne), 10 April 1939.


Address:Reid Street, Rutherglen, 3685
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.053656
Long: 146.461384
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 7th April, 1939
Front Inscription

A tribute to John A Wallace

Native of Rutherglen Scotland

Also those less fortunate, although they strove and worked hard, died unknown

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