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James & Elizabeth Masters : 6-September-2011
James & Elizabeth Masters : 6-September-2011
Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson / Stephen Warren

The plaque commemorates the founder of Riverton, James Masters and his wife Elizabeth Masters.

Riverton grew according to a plan, designed by James Masters in 1856. He had previously laid out the township of Saddleworth, named after his native town in Yorkshire, England. He realized another township was necessary to supply the needs of the other new settlers who were already taking up smaller properties in the neighbourhood. He chose a site in the Gilbert Valley a little south of his home as an ideal spot. In 1853 he had bought Section 500 and 461, Hundred of Gilbert, where he set about planning this second town of his designing.


Address:Barrier Highway, Pioneer Garden Cemetery, Riverton, 5412
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.155551
Long: 138.748451
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

District Council of Riverton

To the memory of James Masters
Pastoralist, founder & benefactor of Riverton  

Born Yorkshire 1801
Died City of York 4 - 10 - 1861

And to his wife Elizabeth

Born 1802
Died at "The Lodge"
Riverton 29 - 10 - 1864

Interred in this cemetery

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au