“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Historical Markers in Australia

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By Simon Trueman, July 17, 2016
The White Gate Marker
Australia, New South Wales, Batlow — The White Gate
The White Gate was a well-known landmark last century. By 1910 it was old and lying beside the posts which were still standing. The original White Gate was erected at the junction of the Batlow-Tumbarumba and Old Tumbarumba roads, marking the . . . — Map (db m95910) HM
Australia, New South Wales, Boree — Sir Thomas Mitchell
From this vicinity Sir Thomas Mitchell's second expedition proceeded on April 7, 1835 to the Darling River, his third expedition on March 19, 1836 to Australia Felix (Western Victoria), and his fourth expedition on December 15, 1845 to Tropical . . . — Map (db m38374) HM
Australia, New South Wales, Lithgow — The Great Zig Zag — Lithgow
A railway zig zag is a series of reversing ramps used to avoid very steep grades. John Whitton, Engineer in Chief NSW Government Railways 1856-90, chose this as the economical method for the descent from Clarence to Lithgow. Built during 1866-69 by . . . — Map (db m59808) HM
Australia, New South Wales, Manly — Marine Parade — 1920s
From this lookout, formally attired spectors (sic) watch a surf carnival against a sweeping panorama of thriving pines. Today high-rise buildings dwarf the trees, which were damaged by airborne pollution from North Head sewage works. Since the . . . — Map (db m70686) HM
Australia, New South Wales, Tuross Head — McWilliam Park Whale Burial Site
Whales (generally humpback or southern-right) can provide a magnificent spectacle off this coastline during their annual migration south, from September to November.

Many long-time residents of Tuross Head can recall the arrival of a whale . . . — Map (db m38375) HM

Australia, New South Wales (Beresford), Cooma — Cooma 1890 / Cooma 1925
This marker is made up of two panels placed back to back. Cooma 1890 During the 1880s Cooma was expanding rapidly and Sharp Street had become the town’s main thoroughfare, although settlement was still quite scattered. Some very . . . — Map (db m70674) HM
Australia, New South Wales (Beresford), Cooma — Lambie Street
This marker consists of two plaques placed back to back. In the 1850s Cooma was developing in two areas, one around Lambie and Mulach Street, the other over the hill where Centennial Park and Sharp Street are now. Nevertheless for the . . . — Map (db m70675) HM
Australia, New South Wales (Claredon), Gundagai — Prince Alfred Bridge Viaduct — Gundagai Town of Historic Bridges
The old town of Gungafai was built on the flats where these bridges now cross. The town was first gazetted and surveyed in 1838. The town flooded about 1 metre in 1844 and 1851. On the 25th June 1852 the old town was destroyed by a flood 4 to . . . — Map (db m71067) HM
Australia, New South Wales (Clive), Tenterfield — Historic Stannum House — circa 1888
Stannum House Built in 1888 “Stannum” Latin for tin, hence the owner, Mr. John Holmes Reid made the first of his fortune in tin mining. Stannum is a Victorian-Italiante villa, triple brick, double airflow system with . . . — Map (db m70697) HM
Australia, New South Wales (Inglis), Tamworth — Electric Street Lighting
Tamworth N.S.W. was the first town in Australia to introduce electric street lighting by means of two 18kw steam driven Crompton dynamos. Electricity was supplied to 52 street lights using 140 Swan incandescent lamps and 7 Crompton carbon arc lamps. . . . — Map (db m70695) HM
Australia, New South Wales (Inglis), Tamworth — Vietnam War Memorial — Lest We Forget
For Australia 1962 – 1973 Their bodies are buried in peace and their names liveth for evermore Killed in Action From Tamworth Region 213780 Pte Wilson M.A.F. 1 RAR 8 Jan 66 2781465 2 Lt Sharp G.C. 6 RAR 18 . . . — Map (db m71048) WM
Australia, New South Wales (Northumberland), Morpeth — Historic Arnott Bakehouse — circa 1851
This historic Bakehouse was built by Richard Chapman during 1851. Chapman was a property owner, butcher and businessman of Morpeth whose residency extended from at least 1850 to his death in 1867. The building has technical value as a rare, . . . — Map (db m70687) HM
Australia, Tasmania, Hobart — Risdon Landing Centenary
This memorial erected to commemorate the Centenary of the landing at this spot of Lieut Bowen, RN on 13th September 1803, was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor Sir A. E. Havelock, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E. 22nd February . . . — Map (db m81891) HM
Australia, Tasmania, Latrobe — Edwin Maw — 1858
The Lucas Platypus Experience is housed in a classified building on the register of the National Trust Estate. In 1858 George Atkinson built a licensed hotel “The Royal Charter Inn” on the present site. At the time he imported from . . . — Map (db m70668) HM
Australia, Tasmania, Launceston — Launceston Gasworks
Lighting up Launceston First established in 1858, the Launceston Gasworks charts the growth of the gas industry in Tasmania and the development of the city of Launceston itself. The site was purchased in 1858 by the Launceston Gas . . . — Map (db m70667) HM
Australia, Victoria, Guildford — Guildford Honor Row
Guildford Honor Row Aberdeen J. • Annear L. • Bardi A. • † Binns A. • † Binns L. • † Binns P. • Brocchi S. • Carter F. • † Carter G. • † Carter J. • † Carty J. • Colgan E. • Cox H. • † Davidson R. • Davenport R. • Dell H. • Dell J. • Dewsnap . . . — Map (db m45802) WM
Australia, Victoria, Guildford — The Big Tree — 'River Red Gum' — Eucalyptus camaldulensis (fam Myrtaceae)Debnb
Guildford The Big Tree is thought to be one of the largest examples of the species in Victoria. It has been recorded as having a height of 30m, a canopy spread of 34m, and trunk circumference of 9.35m. Estimates of the age of the tree range . . . — Map (db m45968) HM
Australia, Victoria, Melbourne — Pillar of Stone
This pillar of stone quarried from Stawell was placed here on the insistence of The Hon. John Woods, M.P. (born Liverpool England November 5th 1822, died Brighton Victoria April 2nd 1892; engineer, politician and inventor, commissioner . . . — Map (db m70636) HM
Australia, Victoria, Mornington — In Memory of Fifteen Young Men
In memory of fifteen young men lost in the bay off Mornington on the night of Saturday 21st May, 1892, while returning from a football match at Mordialloc. Allchin, Charles E. (20 yrs), Caldwell, James R. (21 yrs), Caldwell, William L. (19 . . . — Map (db m81713) HM
Australia, Victoria, Moyhu — Hume and Hovell
Hume and Hovell passed nearby Nov. 26 and on return Dec. 30 - 1824. — Map (db m82085) HM
Australia, Victoria, Peterborough — Historic Shipwreck Trail
The Newfield Three masted iron barque 1306 tons gross Built Dundee Scotland 1889 Wrecked Newfield Bay 29 August 1892 The Newfield", with a crew of 26, left Sharpness, Scotland, on 28 May 1889, with a cargo of fine salt . . . — Map (db m52642) HM
Australia, Victoria, Port Fairy — Captain John Griffiths — 1801-1881
In Memory of Captain John Griffiths 1801 - 1881 This island is named after him and he was responsible for bringing the first White settlers from Launceston, Tasmania to Portland Bay and Port Fairy Victoria.

He established the first major whaling . . . — Map (db m52472) HM

Australia, Victoria, Port Fairy — SS Casino
Top Marker This memorial was unveiled July 8 1934 by Mrs. C.A. Melhuish daughter of Captain Thomas Boyd first master of the S.S. Casino. Middle Marker Borough of Port Fairy This commemorative plaque is to . . . — Map (db m83435) HM
Australia, Victoria, Rosebud — Rosebud
The schooner “Rosebud" from which the town Rosebud gets its name was blown ashore on this site on 2nd June, 1855. Press reports of weather conditions on this date indicate strong westerly gales, with several boats in distress on Port Phillip . . . — Map (db m81588) HM
Australia, Victoria, Sorrento — Collins Settlement 1803-04
The people of the Bunerong lived in the Mornington Peninsula region for many thousands of years. On 9 October, 1803 HMS "Calcutta" under the command of Captain Daniel Woodriff entered Port Phillip Bay carrying David Collins the Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m81596) HM
Australia, Victoria, Warrnambool — Aboriginal Soldiers
This memorial is dedicated to all Aboriginal men and women from South West Victoria who served their country proudly along with fellow Australians since World War 1. — Map (db m52646) HM
Australia, Victoria, Warrnambool — Warrnambool 150th Anniversary 1847-1997
This stone commemorating the Foundation of Warrnambool Gazetted on 17 February 1847 was unveiled by His Excellency The Honourable Richard E. McGarvie A,C. Governor of Victoria in the presence of His Worship the Mayor Cr Gerald Shanley — Map (db m52643) HM
Australia, Victoria, Wedderburn — Major Mitchell Explorer
Major T.Mitchell Explorer Passed Here 7th July 1836 Erected by Shire of Korong 1930 — Map (db m53080) HM
Australia, Victoria (Campaspe (Shire)), Echuca — The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria
This Establishment Built About 1878 Is The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria The house consists of 3 small rooms on each floor, the upper rooms being reached by a staircase leading into a sheltered lane running off Little Hopwood street, . . . — Map (db m70630) HM
Australia, Victoria (Mount Alexander (shire)), Maldon — 1 — Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863
The Mechanics’ Institute movement began in British urban industrial centres in the early 1800s. A “mechanic” was a person applying skills and technology. During the 19th century, most towns in Victoria established a Mechanics’ Institute . . . — Map (db m71068) HM
Australia, Victoria (Mount Alexander (Shire)), Maldon — Porcupine Flat Dredge
This bucket dredge was operated here by George Heywood, Eric Baumann and others, for about 30 years, until it was abandoned in 1984. It was one of the last dredges operated in Victoria. It is a relatively small bucket dredge, but is one of few to . . . — Map (db m70631) HM

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