Burke & Wills Memorial (Royal Park) - VEE Departure Point - VIC

  Historic Site


DEG: -37.788922 144.956053
DMS: 37º 47' 20.12" S 144º 57' 21.8" E
UTM: 55 H 5815637mN 320024mE
Altitude: 53.38m


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MacArthur Rd
Parkville VIC 3052
Phone: N/A
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Web: https://citycollection.melbourne.vic.gov.au/burke-wills-cairn


Located within Royal Park, this memorial is found at the corner of The Avenue & Macarthur Rd. It is a stone cairn. Plaque: ‘This memorial has been erected / to mark the spot from whence the / Burke and Wills / Expedition started on the 20th August 1860 / After successfully accomplishing their mission / the two brave leaders perished on their return / journey at Coopers Creek in June 1861.’On 20 August 1860, some 15,000 Melburnians gathered at Royal Park to farewell the 18 members of the Victorian Exploring Expedition, led by Robert O’Hara Burke. This stone cairn marks the expedition’s departure point. Soon after the tragedy, a fence was placed around a tree near their departure point. In 1890, the fence was removed and this cairn was erected about 180 metres east of the tree.
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Essendon Airport at 25/10:30am EST
Distance from Burke & Wills Memorial (Royal Park) - VEE Departure Point 8.08km NW
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Melbourne Regional Office
Distance from Burke & Wills Memorial (Royal Park) - VEE Departure Point 2.4km SE
Mean Max. °C25.925.823.920.316.714.113.515.017.219.722.024.2
Mean Min. °C14.314.613.
Mean Rain mm47.348.150.357.155.949.547.650.

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